Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw
#15107 Overall Influence

Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw

American legal scholar

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Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw is a lawyer, scholar, philosopher, and major civil rights advocate. Currently she holds the position of professor at the UCLA School of Law, as well as at Columbia Law School. Crenshaw completed her undergraduate education at Cornell University before receiving her JD from Harvard law School in 1984, and later a master of laws from the University of Wisconsin.

Influential far beyond just the realm of law, Crenshaw is one of the founders of critical race theory and the concept of intersectionality. These are methods of analyzing issues in regards to the influence of race, as well as the intersection (hence the name) of various aspects of identity, such as economic status, education, and gender. Crenshaw notes, of course, that she put the name “intersectionality” on the concept, but it existed before in the work of people such as Angela Davis and Deborah King. These ideas are just as often applied in fields including literature and art, philosophy, sociology, and anthropology as they are in law and legal theory.

Crenshaw began her career as a law clerk under Judge Shirley Abrahamson of the Wisconsin Supreme Court. In 1986 she joined the UCLA Law school faculty, and in 1996 co-founded the African American Policy Forum. Notably, she assisted the Anita Hill legal team in 1991 in the Clarence Thomas confirmation hearings.

Kimberlé Crenshaw has received numerous awards and honors, including the Outstanding Scholar Award from the Fellows of the American Bar Association, an Alphonse Fletcher Fellowship, and a William H. Hastie Fellowship.

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Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw is an American lawyer, civil rights advocate, philosopher, and a leading scholar of critical race theory who developed the theory of intersectionality. She is a full-time professor at the UCLA School of Law and Columbia Law School, where she specializes in race and gender issues. Crenshaw is also the founder of Columbia Law School's Center for Intersectionality and Social Policy Studies and the African American Policy Forum , as well as the president of the Berlin-based Center for Intersectional Justice . Crenshaw is known for the introduction and development of intersectionality, the theory of how overlapping or intersecting social identities, particularly minority identities, relate to systems and structures of oppression, domination, or discrimination. Her scholarship was also essential in the development of intersectional feminism which examines the overlapping systems of oppression and discrimination to which women are subject due to their ethnicity, sexuality and economic background.

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University of Wisconsin–Madison
University of Wisconsin–Madison

Public research university in Madison, Wisconsin., USA

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Columbia University
Columbia University

Private Ivy League research university in New York City

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Cornell University
Cornell University

Private university in Ithaca

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University of California, Los Angeles
University of California, Los Angeles

Public research university in Los Angeles, California, United States

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    #309 World Rank #177 USA Rank
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    #4876 World Rank #945 USA Rank
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