Date of Award

8-7-2018

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

African-American Studies

First Advisor

Jonathan Gales

Second Advisor

Sarita Davis

Third Advisor

Natsu Saito

Abstract

In order to understand the experiences of Black women prosecutors, researchers have to understand the manner in which Black women experience oppression in their law careers. Intersectionality theory explores these unique layers of oppression Black women could experience. In this study, I desire to understand how Black women prosecutors navigate these oppressive factors within their law careers. Many Black women prosecutors have experiences in spaces where they are gender and/or racial minorities. The research explores how these women experience and respond to their experiences in their workplace and if they believe, as prosecutors that they can be advocates to the Black community. This study contributes to research on the perspectives of Black women in law careers and intersectionality theory to Black studies.

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