Intersectionality, Inc.: A Dialogue on Intersectionality’s Travels and Tribulations

  • Patrick Ryan Grzanka The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • Rajani Bhatia The University at Albany-State University of New York (SUNY)
  • Mel Michelle Lewis Goucher College
  • Sheri L Parks University of Maryland, College Park
  • Joshua C Woodfork Skidmore College
  • Michael Casiano University of Maryland, College Park
Keywords: Intersectionality, neoliberalism, interdisciplinarity, activism


In a roundtable discussion held at the American Studies Association’s annual meeting in 2013, the authors interrogate intersectionality’s uptake in diverse settings, considering how its radical potential may be coopted and conflated with “diversity,” “multiculturalism,” “inclusion,” and similarly neoliberal institutional imperatives. The authors also discuss opportunities for resistance and transformation. Résumé Lors d’une table ronde tenue dans le cadre de la réunion annuelle de l’American Studies Association en 2013, les auteurs s’interrogent sur l’adoption de l’intersectionnalité dans divers contextes, en considérant comment son potentiel radical peut être coopté et confondu avec « la diversité », « le multiculturalisme », « l’inclusion » et des impératifs institutionnels également néo-libéraux. Les auteurs discutent également des occasions de résistance et de transformation.

Author Biographies

Patrick Ryan Grzanka, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology

Affiliate Faculty, American Studies and Women's Studies

Rajani Bhatia, The University at Albany-State University of New York (SUNY)
Assistant Professor, Department of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Mel Michelle Lewis, Goucher College
Assistant Professor, Department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Sheri L Parks, University of Maryland, College Park

Associate Dean for Research, Interdisciplinary Scholarship, and Programming, College of Arts and Humanities

Founding Director, Arts and Humanities Center for Synergy

Associate Professor, Department of American Studies

Joshua C Woodfork, Skidmore College
Executive Director, Office of the President
Michael Casiano, University of Maryland, College Park
Doctoral Student, Department of American Studies,