Founding Director and Co-Director of Programs
Dr. Lisa Bowleg is the Founding Director and Co-Director of Programs of the Intersectionality Research Institute. An applied social psychologist by training, Dr. Bowleg is a Professor of Applied Social Psychology in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at GW, Director of the Social and Behavioral Sciences Core of the DC Center for AIDS Research, and an associate editor at the American Journal of Public Health, and editor of that journal’s Perspectives from the Social Sciences section.
Dr. Bowleg is a leading scholar of the application of intersectionality to social and behavioral science research, and is the current principal investigator of two intersectionality-focused research projects funded by the National Institutes of Health focused on Black men’s health: Strengths and Stressors, and PRISM; and the WK Kellogg Foundation-funded Intersectionality Toolkit Project.
Dr. Bowleg has deep roots at GW. She earned her doctorate in Applied Social Psychology (1997) and her Master’s in Public Policy with a concentration in Women’s Studies (1992) from GW.
A select list of her articles on intersectionality includes:
- “We’re Not All In this Together: On Covid-19, Intersectionality and Structural Inequality,” published in American Journal of Public Health in 2020.
- “Invited Reflection: Quantifying Intersectionality,” an article co-authored with Dr. Greta Bauer, published in Psychology of Women Quarterly in 2016.
- “'Once You’ve Blended the Cake, You Can’t Take the Parts Back to the Main Ingredients': Black Gay and Bisexual Men’s Descriptions and Experiences of Intersectionality,” an article published in Sex Roles in 2013.
- “The Problem with the Phrase 'Women and Minorities,' Intersectionality, an Important Theoretical Framework for Public Health", published in the American Journal of Public Health in 2012; and
- “When Black + Lesbian + Woman ≠ Black Lesbian Woman: The Challenges of Qualitative and Quantitative Intersectionality Research” published in Sex Roles in 2008.