Toward an Understanding of Intersectionality Methodology: A 30-Year Literature Synthesis of Black Women's Experiences in Higher Education Academic Article uri icon


  • Kimberl Crenshaws scholarship on Black women has been the springboard for numerous education studies in which researchers use intersectionality as a theoretical framework; however, few have considered the possibilities of intersectionality as a methodological tool. In this literature synthesis, the authors (a) examined studies about Black women in higher education that had been published in the past 30 years to understand how those scholars applied intersectionality across Crenshaws three dimensions (i.e., structural, political, and representational) and (b) advanced a set of four strategies, arguably providing a guide for engaging intersectionality methodology, what the authors coin as IM. Implications for higher education research and social science research broadly are also presented.

published proceedings


altmetric score

  • 85.4

author list (cited authors)

  • Haynes, C., Joseph, N. M., Patton, L. D., Stewart, S., & Allen, E. L.

citation count

  • 53

complete list of authors

  • Haynes, Chayla||Joseph, Nicole M||Patton, Lori D||Stewart, Saran||Allen, Evette L

publication date

  • December 2020