Davis is a feminist and critical race theorist who focuses on “the law of daily life,” or how law regulates and affects people’s daily interactions, decisions, and identities. She has written extensively on the gendered and private law dimensions of American slavery; the legal regulation of intimacy, including interracial relationships, polygamy, and sex work; and theories of justice and reparations. She is currently working on several projects on the second generation of work on intersectionality, including misogynoir. She is currently working on two books. The first brings together her work on interracial intimacy, polygamy, sex work, pet inheritance. The second is based on her work as a vice provost for institutional diversity and is entitled What I Saw at the Diversity Revolution. She has published articles in the Stanford Law Review, the Columbia Law Review, and the California Law Review, as well as numerous other articles and book chapters. She is the co-editor of the books, Black Sexual Economies: Race and Sex in a Culture of Capital and Privilege Revealed: How Invisible Preference Undermines America.