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Intersectionality & Higher Education

Theory, Research, & Praxis

Edited By Donald Jr. Mitchell, Jakia Marie and Tiffany Steele

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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Tara L. Affolter, PhD

Tara Affolter is assistant professor of education studies at Middlebury College. Prior to Middlebury, she spent over 15 years teaching high school English and theater while working for social justice within the public schools. Dr. Affolter has research and teaching experience in antiracist and social justice education, culturally relevant pedagogy, and critical race theory. Her current research explores experiences of students of color at predominantly White liberal arts colleges in order to find more effective ways to build, support, and sustain diverse communities of learners. Her work seeks to support communities in disrupting inequitable education practices.

Allison D. Anders, PhD

Allison Daniel Anders is assistant professor in Educational Foundations and Inquiry in the Department of Educational Studies at the University of South Carolina. She earned her doctorate in education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She studies the everyday experiences of targeted youth and the K-20 educational settings they navigate, contexts of education, systemic inequities, and qualitative methodologies. Her research includes work with incarcerated youth, children with refugee status, and LGBT (Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) youth.

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