Kimberlé Crenshaw

Kimberlé Crenshaw is a professor at Columbia Law School and UCLA Law School. Her work focuses on racial and social justice and gender equality. Intersectionality and Critical Race Theory are academic disciplines that have emerged from her work. Crenshaw is also the Executive Director and Co Founder of the Center for Intersectionality and Social Policy Studies at Columbia Law School. She has been instrumental in international organizational events such as the United Nations’ World Conference on Racism and the conference for Expert Group on Gender and Race Discrimination. She has also been an influential voice in racial justice campaigns such as “Say Her Name: Resisting Police Brutality Against Black Women” and “Black Girls Matter”. Crenshaw’s articles can be found in Ms.Magazine, Harvard Law Review, National Black Law Journal, Southern California Law Review and has appeared on MSNBC, NPR and “The Tavis Smiley Show”.
The American Bar Foundation named Crenshaw the 2016 Fellows Outstanding Scholar.

Kimberle Crenshaw
Kimberle Crenshaw

Professor of Law at Columbia and UCLA

Areas of Expertise: gender equality, race, social and racial justice, affirmative action, violence against women. structural racial inequality

Location: New York and Los Angeles

Contact Info
Twitter: @sandylocks


Heard on NPR’s Morning Edition: The Promise of Diversity Is Yet To Be Fulfilled 

Source(s) of the Week: Syreeta McFadden and Laila Lamani


“To deny ethnic and cultural differences – to say not only “I don’t see race” but that race is a choose-your-own adventure – is to erase the identities of those who cannot choose.”

Syreeta McFadden, in her Guardian US column on Rachel Dolezal and transracial identities




“…The very idea of Muslims’ ordinariness is subject to debate in this country. By denying their Muslim compatriots the right to be boringly normal, what TV-bashing bigots do is restrict and define for the rest of us what it means to be All-American.”

Laila Lalami, in a Wall Street Journal commentary on the TLC show “All-American Muslim”


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SOTW This Week: María Pabón López

María Pabón López is an expert in immigrants’ rights (including the education of immigrant children), immigration law and diversity/multicultural matters in the legal profession. She also focuses her research on issues concerning Latinos, race and the law, and the status of women lawyers.

María Pabón López, Dean and Professor of Law at the Loyola New Orleans College of Law

#NPRSource Reads: These 7 Cities Expose Exactly What Gentrification Is Doing To America

“Many cities have undergone such radical shifts in recent years as to be nearly unrecognizable. There are more to come: The New York Times recently calculated gentrification rates by determining which cities have seen the biggest influx of recent college graduates between 2000 and 2012. Places like Houston (50% uptick), Nashville (48%), Denver (47%), Austin, Texas (44%), and Portland, Oregon (37%), top the list, with D.C. (36%), Buffalo, New York (34%), and Baltimore (32%) not far behind.

It’s a phenomenon that hides within it all the racial and class tensions that define American history. If only all people could share in its spoils, and do so without relying on influxes of wealth and white people.”

– From MIC’s These 7 Cities Expose Exactly What Gentrification Is Doing to America