An Intersectional Physics Identity Framework for Studying Physics Settings

Part of the Cultural Studies of Science Education book series (CSSE, volume 19)


This chapter reports on research featuring three women physics majors of color who had generally positive things to say about their experiences in physics. This chapter presents data that helps us to understand the physics identity which is available in a setting where women of color feel particularly successful, and how that identity is accessible to women of color. Drawing on intersectionality theory and utilizing a Patricia Hill Collins’ Domains-of-Power Framework, this chapter considers how identities of successful women physics majors of color align with or how they contest wider patterns in physics and in society.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.St. Mary’s College of MarylandSt. Mary’s CityUSA

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