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Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw

Professor of Law
School: 
Law
Office: 
Jerome Greene Hall, Room 827
Email: 
crenshaw@law.columbia.edu
Phone: 
212-854-3049
Appointments
  • Director, Center for Intersectionality and Social Policy Studies
Biography

B.A., Cornell, 1981; J.D., Harvard, 1984; LL.M., Wisconsin, 1985.  Presently professor of law at UCLA and Columbia.  Has written in the areas of civil rights, black feminist legal theory, and race, racism and the law.  Her work has appeared in the Harvard Law Review, the National Black Law Journal, the Stanford Law Review, and the Southern California Law Review. A founding coordinator of the Critical Race Theory workshop; coeditor of Critical Race Theory: Key Documents That Shaped the Movement.  Has lectured nationally and internationally on race matters, addressing audiences throughout Europe, Africa, and South America. 

She has facilitated workshops for civil rights activists in Brazil and in India, and for 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 the background paper on Race and Gender Discrimination for the United Nations' World Conference on Racism and helped 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 discourse.  Professor Crenshaw is also a founding member of the Women's Media Initiative and writes for Ms. Magazine, the Nation and other print media and is a regular commentator on NPR's "The Tavis Smiley Show" and MSNBC.  With the support of the Rockefeller Foundation, Crenshaw facilitates the Bellagio Project, an international network of scholars working in the field of social inclusion from five continents.  She was twice named 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 path breaking work on black women and the law.  She also received the ACLU Ira Glasser Racial Justice Fellowship in 2005-2007.  She has reserached and lectured widely in Brazil as the Fulbright Distinguished Chair for Latin America, and was the recipient of the 2008-2009 Alphonse Fletcher Fellowship.  She was awarded with an in-residence fellowship at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Science at Stanford University in 2008-2009.

Research & Other Works
Article
An Automated Approach to Map Winter Cropped Area of Smallholder Farms across Large Scales Using MODIS Imagery
Article
Estimates of fire emissions from an active deforestation region in the southern Amazon based on satellite data and biogeochemical modelling
Article
Land-use dynamics influence estimates of carbon sequestration potential in tropical second-growth forest
Data from: Fragmentation increases wind disturbance impacts on forest structure and carbon stocks in a Western Amazonian landscape
Article
Is voluntary certification of tropical agricultural commodities achieving sustainability goals for small-scale producers? A review of the evidence
Article
Factors associated with long-term species composition in dry tropical forests of Central India
Article
Effectiveness of Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) for reducing fires on oil palm concessions in Indonesia from 2012 to 2015
Article
Regional air quality impacts of future fire emissions in Sumatra and Kalimantan
Article
Public health impacts of the severe haze in Equatorial Asia in September-October 2015: demonstration of a new framework for informing fire management strategies to reduce downwind smoke exposure
Article
Fire emissions and regional air quality impacts from fires in oil palm, timber, and logging concessions in Indonesia
Article
Mapping Species Composition of Forests and Tree Plantations in Northeastern Costa Rica with an Integration of Hyperspectral and Multitemporal Landsat Imagery
Article
Anthropogenic Drivers of Ecosystem Change: an Overview
Article
Biophysical and Socioeconomic Factors Associated with Forest Transitions at Multiple Spatial and Temporal Scales
Article
High-yield oil palm expansion spares land at the expense of forests in the Peruvian Amazon
Article
Land cover change interacts with drought severity to change fire regimes in Western Amazonia
Article
Sensitivity of crop cover to climate variability: Insights from two Indian agro-ecoregions
Article
Winter crop sensitivity to inter-annual climate variability in central India
Article
Mapping cropping intensity of smallholder farms: A comparison of methods using multiple sensors
Article
El Niño and health risks from landscape fire emissions in southeast Asia
Article
North Tropical Atlantic influence on western Amazon fire season variability
 
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