Ange-Marie Hancock Alfaro

Dean’s Professor of Gender Studies 

Professor of Political Science and Gender Studies

Ph.D. in Political Science
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


American Politics, Political Theory, Public Policy Race/Ethnic Politics, Gender Politics, Intersectionality

Ange-Marie Hancock Alfaro is Professor and Chair of Gender Studies at the University of Southern California and a globally recognized scholar of intersectionality theory, the world’s leading analytical framework for analyzing and resolving inequality. She has written numerous articles and 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 (2016). The applied forms of her research focus on diverse donors in philanthropy, partnerships between funders and nonprofits for social change, and cross-sector training of leaders to implement intersectionality.

In 1993, under the mentorship of NBA Hall of Famer Tom “Satch” Sanders, Hancock Alfaro 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 began its 21st season in May 2017. Her recent collaborative work includes service on the Board of the Liberty Hill Foundation and work with both Hispanas Organized for Political Empowerment (HOPE) and the Los Angeles African American Women’s Public Policy Institute (LAAAWPPI). She sits on four boards: the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California (ACLU SoCal), Community Partners, LAAWPPI, and Strategic Concepts in Organizing and Political Empowerment (SCOPE-LA).

Her current work includes new research projects on asylum requests for survivors of domestic violence, empirical applications of intersectionality, and the free speech-hate speech debate.


Hancock, A. (2011). Solidarity Politics for Millennials: A Guide to Ending the Oppression Olympics. New York, NY: Palgrave-Macmillan.
Hancock, A. (2004). The Politics of Disgust and the Public Identity of the “Welfare Queen”. New York, NY: New York University Press.

Book Chapter
Hancock, A. (2012). Intersectionality: Intellectual Property or Meme?.
Hancock, A. (2012). Intersectional Representation or Representing Intersectionality? Reshaping Empirical Analyses of Intersectionality.
Hancock, A. “An Intersectional Analysis of Masculinity in the Political Thought of Frederick Douglass.” A Political Companion to Frederick Douglass Washington, DC.
Hancock, A. (2008). DuBois, Race and Diversity. pp. 86-101. London: Cambridge Companion to W.E.B. DuBois / Cambridge University Press.
Hancock, A. (2008). Black Female Athletes. (Vol. 2). pp. 1-10. Westport, CT: African Americans and Popular Culture / Praeger Greenwood Press.
Hancock, A. (2005). Overcoming Willful Blindness: Building Egalitarian Multicultural Women’s Coalitions. Greenwood Press: Female Circumcision and the Politics of Knowledge: African Women in Imperialist Discourses.

Book Review
Hancock, A. (2009). Dangerous Frames. How Ideas About Race and Gender Shape Public Opinion. International Journal of Public Opinion.
Hancock, A. (2008). Intersectionality, Multiple Messages and Complex Causality: Commentary on Black Sexual Politics by Patricia Hill Collins. Studies in Gender and Sexuality / Routledge. pp. 14-31.

Journal Article
Hancock, A. (2012). Empirical Intersectionality: Two Approaches. University of California, Irvine Law Review.
Hancock, A. (2012). Trayvon Martin, Intersectionality and the Politics of Disgust. Theory and Event. (15)
Hancock, A. (2011). “Intersectionality, Empirical Research, and Social Justice”. DuBois Review: Social Science Research on Race.
Hancock, A. (2009). An Untraditional Intersectional Analysis of the 2008 Election. Politics and Gender / Cambridge University Press. Vol. 5 (1), pp. 96-105.
Hancock, A. (2008). Intersectionality as a Normative and Empirical Research Paradigm. Politics and Gender / Cambridge University Press. pp. 248-254.
Hancock, A. (2007). When Multiplication Doesn’t Equal Quick Addition: Examining Intersectionality as a Research Paradigm. Perspectives on Politics / Cambridge University Press. Vol. 5 (1), pp. 63-79.
Unah, I., Hancock, A. (2006). Supreme Court Decision-Making, Subissue Salience and the Attitudinal Model. Law and Policy / Blackwell Publishing. Vol. 28 (3), pp. 295-320.
Hancock, A. (2005). W.E.B. DuBois: Intellectual Forefather of Intersectionality?. SOULS: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture and Society / Taylor and Francis. Vol. 7 (3-4), pp. 74-84.
Hancock, A. (2003). Contemporary Welfare Reform and the Public Identity of the ‘Welfare Queen’. Race, Class & Gender. Vol. 10 (1), pp. 31-59.

Hancock, Ange-Marie & Nira Yuval-Davis (Ed.). (2011). The Politics of Intersectionality. Palgrave-Macmillan.
Hancock, Ange-Marie & Evelyn Simien (Ed.). (2011). Mini-Symposium: Intersectionality Research: New Directions for Scholarship in Political Science and its Applied Use Across Fields. Political Research Quarterly / Sage Publications.
Hancock, A. (2009). Righting Feminism: Conservative Women and American Politics & Political Women and American Democracy. Perspectives on Politics / Cambridge University Press.
Hancock, Ange-Marie & Evelyn Simien (Ed.). (2008). Intersectionality Symposium. Political Research Quarterly / SAGE.
Hancock, Ange-Marie (Ed.). (2005). W.E.B. DuBois and the “Scientific” Study of Race. SOULS: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture and Society / Taylor and Francis.
Hancock, Ange-Marie & Karen Bouwer (Ed.). (2003). UBUNTU: Humane Solutions and Success Stories from Africa. Peace Review / Taylor and Francis.

Funded projects

USC Funding

  • College 2020. Taking the Next Step: Enhancing Graduate Education & Scholarship on Immigrant Integration: This project seeks to elevate USC to become the premier educational institution for the interdisciplinary study of immigrant integration & incorporation under the aegis of CSII., $300,000, 2011-2012
  • New Directions in Feminist Research Directorship. The Pursuit of Intersectional Solidarity: This award provides funds for research and campus events that support the scholarship of the seminar director and faculty fellows, who were selected through a competitive process., $40,000, 2009-2010