Intersectionality may be a buzz word in the news, personal essays and protest marches now, but it wasn’t a well-known concept until scholar Kimberlé Crenshaw developed and presented the theory in the 1980s. Crenshaw is a leading scholar in the fields of critical race theory and women’s studies, and a law professor at UCLA and Columbia University.

As a result of the excellence of her work, Crenshaw was awarded the 2017 Gittler Prize from Brandeis University, which is granted to scholars whose work makes a lasting contribution to racial, ethnic or religious relations.

In this previously web-only conversation, Callie Crossley sits down with Crenshaw to discuss her theory of intersectionality, and how its evolved and grown outside of the scholastic world.

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Watch Crenshaw's TED Talk, "The urgency of intersectionality" here: