Recommended Readings from the Intersections of Race, Gender, and Sexuality

In response to the current events of anti-black police violence and other forms of racism, Harvard WGS faculty have compiled a list of recommended reading for anyone seeking to understand contemporary formations of racism from a perspective that integrates analysis of race with that of gender and sexuality. We hope that these readings are a guide for all who strive to understand and respond to racism. 

We are thankful to the Harvard Department of African and African American Studies for inspiring us with its AAAS Faculty Reading Recommendations list.


WGS Recommended ReadingWhen Black + Lesbian + Woman ≠ Black Lesbian Woman: The Methodological Challenges of Qualitative and Quantitative Intersectionality Research by Lisa Bowleg (HOLLIS link)

The Revolution Starts at Home: Confronting Intimate Violence Within Activist Communities edited by Ching-In Chen, Jai Dulani, and Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha (HOLLIS link)

Punks, Bulldaggers, and Welfare Queens: The Radical Potential of Queer Politics?by Cathy Cohen (HOLLIS link)

Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower by Brittney Cooper (HOLLIS link)

Medical Bondage: Race, Gender, and the Origins of American Gynecology by Deirdre Cooper Owens (HOLLIS link)

Thick: and other essays by Tressie McMillan Cottom (HOLLIS link)

Mapping the Margins: Intersectionality, Identity Politics, and Violence against Women of Color by Kimberlé Crenshaw

Black Girls Matter: Pushed Out, Overpoliced, and Underprotected by Kimberlé Crenshaw et al.

Are Prisons Obsolete? by Angela Davis (HOLLIS link)

Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments: Intimate Histories of Riotous Black Girls, Troublesome Women, and Queer Radicals by Saidiya Hartman (HOLLIS link)

They Were Her Property: White Women as Slave Owners in the American South by Stephanie E. Jones-Rogers (HOLLIS link)

At the Dark End of the Street: Black Women, Rape, and Resistance--A New History of the Civil Rights Movement from Rosa Parks to the Rise of Black Power by Danielle L. McGuire (HOLLIS link)

Dying of Whiteness: How the Politics of Racial Resentment Is Killing America's Heartland by Jonathan Metzl (HOLLIS link)

This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color edited by Cherríe Moraga and Gloria Anzaldúa (HOLLIS link)

Black Feminism Reimagined: After Intersectionality by Jennifer C. Nash (HOLLIS link)

Breathe: A Letter to My Sons by Imani Perry (HOLLIS link)

Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine (HOLLIS link)

Invisible No More: Police Violence Against Black Women and Women of Color by Andrea Ritchie (HOLLIS link)

Fatal Invention: How Science, Politics, and Big Business Re-create Race in the Twenty-First Century by Dorothy Roberts (HOLLIS link)

Killing the Black Body: Race, Reproduction, and the Meaning of Liberty by Dorothy Roberts (HOLLIS link)

The Wages of Whiteness: Race and the Making of the American Working Class by David R. Roediger (HOLLIS link)

Black on Both Sides: A Racial History of Trans Identity by C. Riley Snorton (HOLLIS link)

Proud Boys and the White Ethnostate: How the Alt-Right Is Warping the American Imagination by Alexandra Minna Stern (HOLLIS link)

Fearing the Black Body: The Racial Origins of Fat Phobia by Sabrina Strings (HOLLIS link)

How We Get Free: Black Feminism and the Combahee River Collective edited by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor (HOLLIS link)

Beyoncé in Formation: Remixing Black Feminism by Omise'eke Tinsley (HOLLIS link)

Men We Reaped: A Memoir by Jesmyn Ward (HOLLIS link)

Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present by Harriet A. Washington (HOLLIS link)