Center for African American Research and Policy Examines “Intersectionality”

The mission of the Center for African American Research and Policy is to engage in scholarly research in order to advance critical discourse and promote informed decisions as it pertains to policy issues confronting African Americans in both the academy and the society at-large.

Professor Crenshaw
Professor Crenshaw

The Journal of Progressive Policy & Practice, a peer-reviewed journal published by the Center for African American Research & Policy, recently released a special issue on intersectionality titled, “Informing Higher Education Policy & Practice Through Intersectionality.” Kimberlé Crenshaw, a scholar of law, critical race theory, and Black feminist thought first used the term intersectionality to highlight the unique experiences of Black women. In the special issue, the authors build upon Crenshaw’s articulation of intersectionality to frame their work, seeking to improve U.S. higher education.

The special issue was co-edited by Donald Mitchell, Jr., an assistant professor of higher education at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan, and Don C. Sawyer III, an assistant professor of sociology at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut.

Among the articles in the special issue are:

* Intersectionality and STEM: The Role of Race and Gender in the Academic Pursuits of African American Women in STEM

* A Different Kind of Black, But the Same Issues: Black Males and Counterstories at a Predominantly White Institution

* More than White, Heterosexual Men: Intersectionality as a Framework for Understanding the Identity of Student Veterans

* Black Women Attending Predominantly White Institutions: Fostering Their Academic Success Using African American Motherwork Strategies

Articles in the special issue may be downloaded here.

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