Encyclopedia of the Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy

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Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw

Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-6730-0_1-1

One of the founders of critical race theory in the US legal academy, a black feminist scholar-activist whose groundbreaking work was an impetus behind the interdisciplinary field known today as “intersectionality studies,” Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw (B.A. Cornell, 1981; J.D., Harvard, 1984; L.L.M., Wisconsin, 1985; currently Professor at UCLA and Columbia Law Schools and founder-director of the latter’s Center for Intersectionality and Social Policy Studies) was born in 1959 in Ohio. Her influence extends beyond legal theory and practice to women’s, gender, and sexuality studies, critical ethnic studies, the empirical social sciences, and the humanities, but also to the advancement of human and civil rights internationally. As co-founder of the African American Policy Forum (in 1996) and an intervener in the United Nations World Conference on Racism (in 2001) who drafted a background paper on “Race and Gender Discrimination” that facilitated the integration of gender in the WCAR...

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  1. 1.AthensGreece

Section editors and affiliations

  • Sally Scholz
    • 1
  1. 1.Philosophy DepartmentVillanova UniversityVillanovaUSA