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Senior Writer, African American Policy Forum/Center for Intersectionality and Social Policy Studies
African American Policy Forum and Center for Intersectionality and Social Policy Studies Announce Executive Director Kimberlé Crenshaw’s Centennial Professor Appointment at London School of Economics
New York, New York -- May 10, 2016 -- The African American Policy Forum and the Center for Intersectionality and Social Policy Studies are pleased to announce that Executive Director Kimberlé Crenshaw will serve as Centennial Professor at the London School of Economics from 2016-2018. To launch her position, Crenshaw is currently spending May, 2016, in residence at LSE. While in London, Crenshaw, a professor at Columbia Law School and the UCLA School of Law, will give a series of lectures on intersectionality in a global context, and how AAPF’s and CISPS’ recent work on the #BlackGirlsMatter and #SayHerName campaigns relate to realities in London and across the globe.
“I am deeply honored to accept this appointment,” Crenshaw stated. “While in London, I look forward to exploring how my research on the intersections of state-sanctioned violence, race, and gender, connect to the experiences of Black women and girls in the UK.”
The focus of Crenshaw’s research and advocacy over the past two years has been encapsulated in two reports and corresponding political campaigns. Black Girls Matter: Pushed Out, Overpoliced and Underprotected examines the ways in which Black girls and other girls of color are impacted by the school-to-prison pipeline; and Say Her Name: Resisting Police Brutality Against Black Women analyzes and tells the stories of Black women killed by the police.
“We are really excited by Kimberle Crenshaw’s Centennial Professor appointment, which begins this week,” remarked Diane Perrons, head of department at the LSE Gender Institute and Professor of Economic Geography and Gender Studies. “We especially look forward to the ways in which Professor Crenshaw’s contributions will foster interdisciplinary scholarship in the LSE more broadly and between Gender Studies and Law in particular. By so doing, we know her tenure will leave a legacy beyond her period of office.”
This appointment is a reflection of Crenshaw’s pathbreaking work for the needs of those most marginalized within our society to be at the center of efforts for social justice. Earlier in 2016, Crenshaw was also honored with the Outstanding Scholar Award from the American Bar Foundation, a prestigious award is given annually to a member of the academy who has engaged in unprecedented scholarship in the legal field. In 2015, Crenshaw was featured in the Ebony Power 100, a list honoring the contemporary heroes of the black community, and was #1 on Ms. Magazine’s list of Feminist Heroes of 2015.
More information on Crenshaw’s appointment at LSE can be found here: http://www.lse.ac.uk/genderInstitute/whosWho/profiles/visitingAcademics/Kimberle-Crenshaw.aspx