NOTE: Resources are listed alphabetically under each heading.

Selected (Inter)Disciplinary Guides and Readings

Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw Resources:

DuBois, W.E.B. (1899). The Philadelphia Negro. New York: Lippincott.  Patricia Hill Collins wrote, “DuBois saw race, class, and nation not primarily as personal identity categories but as social hierarchies that shaped African-American access to status, poverty, and power.” See Collins, Patricia Hill (March 2000). “Gender, black feminism, and black political economy.” Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science. Sage. 568 (1): 41–53. doi:10.1177/000271620056800105.

Gutiérrez y Muhs, Gabriella; Niemann, Yolanda Flores; González, Carmen G.; Harris, Angela P., eds. (2012). Presumed Incompetent: The Intersections of Race and Class for Women in Academia. Boulder, Colorado: University Press of Colorado. ISBN 978-0-87421-922-7.

Hancock, Ange-Marie (2016). Intersectionality: An Intellectual History. New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN978-0-19-937037-5OCLC 941724695.

Rosenblum, Karen E., and Toni-Michelle C. Travis, eds. (2016). The Meaning of Difference: American Constructions of Race, Sex and Gender, Social Class, Sexual Orientation, and Disability. McGraw-Hill Publishers, 7e.  “How do categories of people come to be seen as “different”? How does being “different” affect people’s lives? What does difference mean at the level of the individual, social institutions, or society? What difference does “difference” make? The Meaning of Difference offers a conceptual structure and up-to-date readings on the differences distinctive to American life―differences of race and ethnicity, sex and gender, social class, sexuality, and disability.” (Quoted verbatim from website).

Simien, Evelyn M. and Ange-Marie Hancock (2011). “Mini-Symposium: Intersectionality Research.” Political Science Quarterly, 64(1): 185-186. [Articles in this entire volume are dedicated to this topic]

Smooth, Wendy (September 2006). “Intersectionality in Electoral Politics: A Mess Worth Making.” Politics & GenderCambridge Journals2(3): 400–414. doi:1017/S1743923X06261087.



#APeoplesJourney: African American Women and the Struggle for Equality

Synopsis: African American women have always been part of the African American struggle for full equality. Learn how early freedom fighters like Sojourner Truth, Harriet Tubman, and Anna Julia Cooper fought against multiple oppressions. Scholar Kimberlé Crenshaw explains how the intersections of these oppressions manifest today in the term she coined, “intersectionality.” See #HiddenHerstory (Taken from the National Museum of African American History and Culture/)

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Chimamanda Adichie: The Danger of a Single Story

Synopsis:  Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice — and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding.

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Students Learn a Powerful Lesson about Privilege

Synopsis: Buzzfeed video demonstrating a short in-class exercise using a recycling bin and some scrap paper. 

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The Privilege Walk Video

Synopsis: This video is useful to demonstrate the “Privilege Walk” in-class exercise.

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African American History, Culture and Digital Humanities Readings: Intersectionality & Critical Race Theory []

Black women Rhet Project: An Open Digital Classroom on Gender, Intersectionality & Black Women’s Rhetorics []

Equality and Human Rights Commission Intersectionality Reading List []

Heard/Tell Ten (10) Books for Your Intersectional Feminist Reading List []

Iowa State University #BadFeministSyllabus for Classic Readings on Intersectionality []

American Society for Engineering Education SAFE ZONE (LGBT) Intersectionality Reading List []

Twelve (12) Books to Keep Your Feminism Intersectional []

USA Today Twenty-seven (27) Things to Read if You Care About Women of Color []


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Gender-Based Analysis Plus (GBA+): This is the Canadian government’s training resource for understanding issues related to gender and intersectionality. “GBA+ is an analytical process used to assess how diverse groups of women, men and non-binary people may experience policies, programs and initiatives. The “plus” in GBA+ acknowledges that GBA goes beyond biological (sex) and socio-cultural (gender) differences. We all have multiple identity factors that intersect to make us who we are; GBA+ also considers many other identity factors, like race, ethnicity, religion, age, and mental or physical disability.” (Quoted verbatim from website)

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Johns Hopkins University “Diversity Wheel”:  This is a visual depiction of the dimensions of diversity. “The center of the wheel represents internal dimensions that are usually most permanent or visible. The outside of the wheel represents dimensions that are acquired and change over the course of a lifetime. The combinations of all of these dimensions influence our values, beliefs, behaviors, experiences and expectations and make us all unique as individuals.” (Quoted verbatim from the website)

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The Source University: This provides online training for faculty, colleges/universities, and other organizations.  “Providing accessible, broken-down resources and references regarding the needs and challenges of disadvantaged groups, as well as well as prompt answers to questions directly posed to members of these groups, The Source University’s patent-pending method is an innovative paradigm shift in how the world thinks about diversity training. We’re rolling out a full suite of programs using this method, the first being Transmission.” (Quoted verbatim from the website)

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