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Intersectionality & Higher Education

Theory, Research, & Praxis

Donald Jr. Mitchell, Charlana Simmons and Lindsay A. Greyerbiehl

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.
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About the editors

About the editors


Donald Mitchell, Jr. (Ph.D., University of Minnesota—Twin Cities) is Assistant Professor of Higher Education at Grand Valley State University. His research explores the impact of race, gender, and identity intersections in higher education contexts.

Charlana Y. Simmons is Director of Student Success and Diversity in the College of Natural Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her research interests include critical race theory and the experiences of African American males in formal educational contexts.

Lindsay A. Greyerbiehl is a graduate of the M.Ed. in Higher Education program at Grand Valley State University. Her research interests include critical feminist and queer theory, neoliberalism, structural inequity violence, and intersectionality.

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