The key to understanding systems of disparity is an understanding that social relationships are intersectional, meaning that there are multiple dimensions and experiences involved that are complex, overlapping, and intertwined. By looking at social issues through an intersectional lens, scholars from multiple backgrounds and specialties are able to put new knowledge into action by encouraging cross-cultural understanding and recommending policy changes. Though diverse in subject matter and format, intersectional work is characterized by:

  1. an analytical strategy that begins with the experiences and struggles of previously excluded and oppressed groups and examines the ways multiple sectors influence their life choices and chances;
  2. an examination of the nature of power and its implementation in maintaining interconnected structures of inequality that affect individual and group identities and experiences; and
  3. efforts to promote social justice and social change by linking research and practice, thus creating a holistic approach to the eradication of disparities.

Using this Database

The Consortium on Race, Gender and Ethnicity (CRGE) launched the Intersectional Research Database in 2005 as the only online searchable compilation of research that examines patterns of inequality through identities of race, gender, class, sexuality, nationality, physical ability, and other interrelated dimensions.

This database remains a rich collection of bibliographical resources on interdisciplinary, intersectional empirical literature. The database contains a variety of scholarship that examines the intersections of race, gender, ethnicity, and other dimensions of inequality. The Intersectional Research Database is a free, online service to scholars committed to superior quality interdisciplinary work on how intersections of difference construct and shape everyday life. Users can search, narrow entries by topic, or browse all entries. Each entry contains a citation of a book or article and an annotation written by the CRGE research team.

Please take some time to explore the database, and visit often, as the amount of material it contains will be continually expanding. We welcome your comments and feedback, as the database continues to grow.


Since this database is interdisciplinary, it is also fitting that the bibliographical resources and subsequent annotations are provided by a community of interdisciplinary scholars in social sciences, arts, and humanities. The Intersectional Research Database is the result of the dedicated hard work of both graduate students and faculty since its inception in 2005. CRGE gratefully acknowledges the exemplary work of these emerging student scholars:

Clare Jen Keeley McGill Bianca Laureano Angel Miles Melva Coles
Laura A. Logie Manouchka Poinson Tanesha Leathers Patrick Grzanka Alyssa Hill
Maren Cummings Lynette Boswell Tamyka Morant Maria Velazquez
Anaya McMurray Vanessa Lopes Ana Perez Nikki Stewart