Honors College Theses

Publication Date



Political Science (B.S.)

Document Type and Release Option

Thesis (restricted to Georgia Southern)

Faculty Mentor

Dr. Brett Curry


Intersectionality is a recently developed construct coined by critical race theorist, Kimberlé Crenshaw. It can be defined as the interlocking of identities that often entail two forms of discriminations at the same time. I research how these different forms of discrimination may interact with one another from a legal perspective. More narrowly, I will examine cases under Title VII that allege biases within employment. By utilizing the data comprised by Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) Litigation Project at Washington University Law I research Title VII claims. I compare success rates among three type of Title VII claims: race discrimination, sex discrimination, and intersectional discrimination of both.

Thesis Summary

Kimberlé Crenshaw created the theory of Intersectionality as a contemporary lens to see the world. Intersectionality refers to interlocking identities and the oppressions that are attached to them. In law, identity can inform the amount of privilege and or agency you have. I focus on the identities of race and sex. My project analyzes the legal success race discrimination claims, sex discrimination claims, and intersectional claims (race and sex) under Title VII.

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