CAPS Town Hall presents: Lisa Bowleg, PhD –Intersectionality: Theoretical Strengths and Empirical Challenges for HIV Prevention Research
June 25 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm PDT
Intersectionality is a critical theoretical framework historically rooted in Black feminist theory and activism. Scholarly interest in intersectionality has flourished in the social and behavioral sciences in recent years. Yet, because intersectionality was not developed for research, there are numerous challenges to applying intersectionality to empirical research. This presentation will provide an overview and history of intersectionality and its core tenets; highlight its theoretical and analytical utility; spotlight some methodological challenges; and present some best practices for intersectional qualitative and quantitative HIV prevention research.
Lisa Bowleg, Ph.D., is Professor of Applied Social Psychology in the Department of Psychology at The George Washington University (GW) and the Director of the Social and Behavioral Sciences Core of the DC-Center for AIDS Research, housed at GW. Dr. Bowleg is a leading scholar of the application of intersectionality to social and behavioral science research, as well as research focused on HIV prevention and sexuality in Black communities. Her mixed methods (i.e., qualitative and quantitative) research focuses on: (1) the effects of social-structural context, masculinity, and resilience on Black men’s sexual HIV risk and protective behaviors; and (2) intersectionality, stress, and resilience among Black lesbian, gay, and bisexual people.