Identity Politics & Intersectionality


The blogs for this caategory refer to old and new civil rights social movements and their impact on ideas, institutions, and identities within the two party coalitions (Democrats and Republicans).

Old civil rights movements are defined by race, gender

And new civil rights movements are categorized as much by everyday practices and/or fluid identities given their differences.  This includes LGBTQers, persons with disabilities, ethnicity and multiple racial identities, and victims of violence.

This category also features blogs on both the positive (read effective) and the negative (read ineffective or worse, compounded bias) of being the first woman Democratic challenger to follow the first African-American President Barack Obama.

The concept intersectionality was created by Kimberlè Crenshaw.

I teach Power, Resistance, and Identity or variations thereof.  My special topics American Political Development Ph.D. seminar teaches the Presidency from this APD approach.  It is called Neos & Isms.

Neos & Isms takes an APD perspective about the intersectionality of ideas, institutions, and identities by studying the political thought of American presidents over time. It includes Obama, though more with an eye to his first term.  Also see Out of Many, One: Obama & the 3rd American Political Tradition.

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About Ruth O'Brien

Professor Ruth O'Brien, The Graduate Center, The City University of New York (CUNY) & Honorary Unaffiliated Academic Book Series Editor for The Public Square, Princeton University Press & Heretical Thought, Oxford University Press, USA Last book: Out of Many, One: Obama & the Third American Political Tradition (U of Chicago 2013). Nickname: Professorette by Rush Limbaugh (see

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