Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw, who coined the term “intersectionality” to help explain the intersecting forms of oppression faced by African American women, has been designated one of the top 10 thinkers in the world according to the British magazine, Prospect.

Crenshaw, who is a distinguished professor in UCLA School of Law, was lauded by the magazine for her ability to draw lines from history to the present day. The magazine noted that the term “intersectionality” is now used in discussions of racial inequality and various forms of social justice, and has been cited as helping inform the Constitution of South Africa.  

The top 50 was chosen by the Prospect’s editorial team with suggestions from world-leading experts who write for them, and the top 10 was chosen through voters online.

Crenshaw is also co-founder of the African American Policy Forum, a think tank that is dedicated to advancing and expanding racial justice, gender equality, and the indivisibility of human rights.