Patricia Hill Collins

Patricia Hill Collins’ pioneering work on race, gender and social class has established her as one of the leading sociologists of her generation. Currently Distinguished University Professor at the University of Maryland and Emeritus Professor of Sociology at the University of Cincinnati, Collins was the 100th President of the American Sociological Association, the first African-American woman to hold the position. Her work has focused on feminist thought and conceptions of gender, and how they interact with questions of race, particularly in relation to the African-American community. Her writings have covered topics ranging from black nationalism and hip-hop to the US public education system. She has been at the forefront of the development of the theory of ‘intersectionality’, the idea that social inequalities related to race, class, gender, sexuality and other factors mutually shape one another. She develops this idea in her 2016 Polity book Intersectionality (with Sirma Bilge).