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Public policy as an interdisciplinary science has enjoyed growth in its influence, stature in academia, and methodological sophistication. Public policy scholars have advanced knowledge in how we understand the emergence, determinants, and impacts of policy across a wide variety of geo-political, nation-state, and institutional contexts. The author contends that these scholars should more fully integrate an intersectional lens—one that would help elucidate how people see themselves, how they envision their life options, why they respond to public policies in the manner in which we observe in our empirical work, and, sometimes, how they emerge and function as leaders in their communities. The author reviews the origins of intersectionality as a conceptual and analytical framework, discusses why interest in it is growing among scholars, and provides two applied policy examples to illuminate how the field might benefit from deploying an intersectional lens.
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