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Intersectionality Here & Now

February 25 @ 2:00 pm 3:30 pm MST

It has been 33 years since Kimberlé Crenshaw first introduced “intersectionality” as a necessary analytic to understand the imbrications—the intersecting impacts—of race, gender, and sexuality.  And it could be argued that no other concept has been more utilized, misunderstood, and challenged in academia and politics. 

Intersectionality Here & Now reflects on this history to think with the debates surrounding intersectionality.  Specifically, where, when, and how are we doing this concept?  How are we teaching it, practicing it?  What is required to do the doing of intersectionality?  What can it yield?  And how does intersectionality contribute to transformative decolonial justice?

Join us for an engaging webinar with speakers who will take up these questions and provoke our thinking on the here and now of intersectionality.


Mecca Jamilah Sullivan, Ph.D., is the author of the short story collection, Blue Talk and Love, winner of the 2018 Judith Markowitz Award for LGBTQ Writers, and The Poetics of Difference: Queer Feminist Forms in the African Diaspora (University of Illinois Press, 2021), which explores the politics of experiment in global Black feminist art, literature, and hip-hop. In her creative and scholarly work, she considers the links between language, imagination, and bodily life in Black queer and feminist experience. Her stories and essays have appeared in Best New Writing, The Kenyon Review, Callaloo, Feminist Studies, American Fiction, Prairie Schooner, Crab Orchard Review, TriQuarterly, GLQ: Lesbian and Gay Studies Quarterly, American Literary History, The Scholar and Feminist, American Quarterly, Public Books,,,, and others. She has earned support and honors from the Bread Loaf Writers Conference, Yaddo, Hedgebrook, the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, the Center for Fiction, and the National Endowment for the Arts. She is Associate Professor of English at Georgetown University. Her novel, Big Girl, will be published by W.W. Norton/Liveright this summer.

Christy Glass is Professor of Sociology and Interim Director of the Center for Intersectional Gender Studies and Research at Utah State University. Her work centers on workplace justice in the U.S. and comparatively. Her research analyzes the ways gender and race are built into the formal and informal rules of work organizations, and how these rules shape access and mobility. She teaches courses on work and labor, social inequality and gender and sexuality. 

Andrea N. Baldwin is an Assistant professor in the Department of Sociology at Virginia Tech.  She is an attorney-at-law who also holds a masters degree in International trade policy and a Ph.D. in Gender and Development Studies. Her research interests include Black, transnational, and Caribbean feminist epistemology, feminist decoloniality, reflexivity in qualitative research, Black women in the academy, theorizing pedagogy as a form of feminist praxis, Caribbean cultural studies and Caribbean women’s migration. She has several publications including her recently published book monograph A Decolonial Black Feminist Theory of Reading and Shade: Feeling the University (2021), and a 2019 co-edited volume Standpoints: Black Feminist Knowledges. Dr. Baldwin was born and raised on the small Caribbean island state of Barbados and considers herself an all-around Caribbean woman and loves everything coconut and soca.


Wanda S. Pillow, Co-Editor of the journal Frontiers A Journal of Women Studies, Chair & Professor in Gender Studies, School for Cultural and Social Transformation, is an interdisciplinary scholar with an emphasis in intersectional studies of gender, race, sexuality; Women of Color feminisms; policy; and research epistemology/ontology. Author of Unfit Subjects/Teen Pregnancy and Educational Policy (Routledge, 2003), Pillow has authored numerous articles, essays, co-edited volumes, and policy reports. Professor Pillow’s work seeks to provoke new ways of thinking and doing and she brings the energy and hope of this work to her teaching. She continues to write and present on key issues in feminist studies while completing research on historical and present-day representations of Sacajawea and York of the 1804 Corps of Discovery expedition.

ASL and Live Transcript will be available.

Links to resources and materials will be shared during the webinar and you will be able to submit questions to a chat moderator.

Hosted by the School for Cultural & Social Transformation, as part of a 3-year focus on Intersectionality funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation