Tenured professor of Gender Studies, Political Science and Sociology at the University of Southern California and CEO of RISIST.

I am thrilled you are here. I formed this cooperative social enterprise in order to consolidate both the work I’ve been doing for the past 15 years and what students, colleagues in philanthropy and advocacy, and many others have told me is missing from the landscape – opportunities for learning and collaboration that focus on applying intersectionality, not simply using it as a buzzword! 

If you’re an individual seeking to learn more, check out RISIST Academy, the gateway to all that RISIST has to offer. We have three separate tracks depending on your interests and needs so that you can learn about intersectionality in a context that works for how you would like to apply it in your world. Intersectionality can help you conduct better research, enhance your capacity to advocate for the issues you care about most, or develop leadership strategies and policies in your organization. 

Anyone who completes the RISIST Academy training gets to be a member of RISIST C2, which is the collaboration component of RISIST. Your ongoing membership allows you to continue learning with other graduates of RISIST Academy and to develop collaborations that allow you to scale up your plans with others who share your goals. Say, for example, you want to conduct a research project or advocacy campaign but you only have resources to do so in your local community. RISIST C2 will allow you to connect and collaborate with others who share your goals and interests, develop an intersectional project TOGETHER and, best of all, share resources, data, lessons learned, and assessments electronically in a secure context to scale up your results! 

If you’re an institution seeking to learn more, check out our RISIST organizational page to understand what your organization can gain from the RISIST experience – whether consulting, staff training, peer learning cohort in your sector, or finding a certified RISIST researcher for your organization’s project.

AMHA is a tenured professor of Gender Studies, Political Science and Sociology at the University of Southern California and CEO of RISIST, the Research Institute for the Study of Intersectionality and Social Transformation, a new online certification and collaboration platform. RISIST is a cooperative social enterprise that consults with organizations seeking to apply intersectionality to the challenges they face in analyzing interlocking systems of inequality and transforming their organizations into ones that “walk the walk” in their recruitment, leadership development and retention policies. 

RISIST consolidates 15 years of work done by AMHA across the country to consult with and train individuals, groups and organizations in intersectionality. In 1993, under the mentorship of NBA Hall of Famer Tom “Satch” Sanders, AMHA conducted the original survey research and designed the business model for the Women’s National Basketball Association. The only women’s professional basketball league to succeed in the United States, the WNBA will begin its 20th season in May 2016. 

Today AMHA is a globally recognized scholar of intersectionality theory, the world's leading analytical framework for analyzing and resolving inequality. She has written three books on the intersections of categories of difference like race, gender, class, sexuality and citizenship and their impact on policy: the award-winning The Politics of Disgust and the Public Identity of the “Welfare Queen,” (2004), Solidarity Politics for Millennials: A Guide to Ending the Oppression Olympics (2011) and Intersectionality: An Intellectual History (2015).

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