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Kimberlé W. Crenshaw


Kimberlé W. Crenshaw is the Isidor and Seville Sulzbacher Professor of Law at Columbia Law School and Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of California, Los Angeles. Crenshaw’s work has been foundational in critical race theory and in “intersectionality,” a term she coined to describe the double bind of simultaneous racial and gender prejudice. Through the Columbia Law School African American Policy Forum (AAPF), which she cofounded, Crenshaw coauthored #SayHerName: Black Women’s Stories of Police Violence and Public Silence and (with Andrea Ritchie) Say Her Name: Resisting Police Brutality Against Black Women. She is also coauthor of Black Girls Matter: Pushed Out, Overpoliced, and Underprotected. Her writing has appeared in the Harvard Law Review, the National Black Law Journal, the Stanford Law Review, and the Southern California Law Review. She is a founding coordinator of the Critical Race Theory workshop and coeditor of Critical Race Theory: Key Documents That Shaped the Movement. Crenshaw writes regularly for The New Republic, The Nation, and Ms. and provides commentary for media outlets, including MSNBC and NPR, and hosts the podcast Intersectionality Matters!