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Intersectionality & Higher Education: Theory, Research, & Praxis
  • Donald Mitchell, Jr., Grand Valley State University
  • Charlana Y. Simmons, University of Massachusetts - Amherst
  • Lindsay A. Greyerbiehl, Grand Valley State University
Intersectionality is a term coined by Kimberlé Crenshaw in 1989. A scholar of law, critical race theory, and Black feminist thought, Crenshaw used intersectionality to explain the experiences of Black women who—because of the intersections of race, gender, and class—are exposed to exponential forms of marginalization and oppression. Intersectionality & Higher Education documents and expands upon Crenshaw’s ideas within the context of U.S. higher education. The text includes theoretical and conceptual chapters on intersectionality; empirical research using intersectionality frameworks; and chapters focusing on intersectional practices. The volume may prove beneficial for graduate programs in ethnic studies, higher education, sociology, student affairs, and women and gender studies alike.

“[This book] engages readers on multiple levels and adds to our understanding of intersectionality not only as an area of study, but as a tool that can and should be used to improve our work.…Collectively, this work urges us to be reflective about the structures that reinforce our experiences of oppression and privilege as well as the experiences of others, and provides us with thoughtful strategies that can ultimately lead us to more equitable communities.” —Kimberly A. Griffin, Associate Professor, University of Maryland, College Park

“The authors illuminate the experiences of underexplored identities in higher education, call for us to recognize that no one can be reduced to one or two identities, and provide us with the tools to do so. Importantly, the contributors reveal the role of privilege as well as marginality in shaping higher education experiences and illustrate how higher education personnel can address the complexities of simultaneously experiencing both conditions.”
—Anne-Marie Núñez, Associate Professor, The University of Texas at San Antonio
Publication Date
Peter Lang
Citation Information
Mitchell, D., Jr., Simmons, C. Y., & Greyerbiehl, L. A. (Eds.). (2014). Intersectionality & higher education: Theory, research, & praxis. New York, NY: Peter Lang.