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Kimberle Crenshaw

Writing in the area of Civil Rights, Black feminist legal theory, and race, racism and the law, Kimberle Crenshaw's articles have appeared in the Harvard Law Review, National Black Law Journal, Stanford Law Review and Southern California Law Review.

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Kimberle Williams Crenshaw is a Professor of Law at UCLA and at Columbia Law School with a J.D. from Harvard, an L.L.M. from the University of Wisconsin, and a B.A. Cornell University. Writing in the area of Civil Rights, Black feminist legal theory, and race, racism and the law, her articles have appeared in the Harvard Law Review, National Black Law Journal, Stanford Law Review and Southern California Law Review. She is the founding coordinator of the Critical Race Theory Workshop, and the co-editor of a volume, Critical Race Theory: Key Documents That Shaped the Movement.

Professor Crenshaw has lectured widely nationally and internationally on race matters, addressing audiences throughout Europe, Africa and South America. A specialist on race and gender equality, she has facilitated workshops for Civil Rights activists in Brazil and constitutional court judges in South Africa. Her work on race and gender was influential in the drafting of the equality clause in the South African Constitution. In 2001 she authored of the background paper on Race and Gender Discrimination for the United Nation’s World Conference on Racism, served as the Rapporteur for the Expert Group on Race and Gender, and coordinated the NGO forum to facilitate the inclusion of gender in the WCAR Conference Declaration.

In the domestic arena, she has served as a member of the National Science Foundation's committee to research violence against women, and has assisted the legal team representing Anita Hill. In 1996 she co-founded the African American Policy Forum to highlight the centrality of gender in racial justice discourses.

Professor Crenshaw, formerly a Contributor on MSNBC, is a founding member of the Women's Media Initiative and is a regular commentator on NPR’s “The Tavis Smiley Show.” She was twice awarded Professor of the Year at UCLA Law School and received the Lucy Terry Prince Unsung Heroine Award presented by the Lawyers Committee on Civil Rights Under Law for her pathbreaking work on Black women and the law. Professor Crenshaw was featured in the May issue of Essence Magazine, "The Beautiful Ones: 35 of the Most Remarkable Women in the World." She is an ACLU Ira Glasser Racial Justice Fellow for 2005-2007.


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