Peggy McIntosh, Ph.D., is the Associate Director of the Wellesley College Center for Research on Women. A world-renowned lecturer, she consults with higher education institutions throughout the United States and the world on creating multi-cultural and gender-fair curricula.
She is founder and co-director of the National S.E.E.D. (Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity) Project on Inclusive Curriculum. The transformational SEED Project helps teachers, counselors, and administrators create their own year-long, site-based seminars on making school climates, curricula, and teaching methods more gender fair and multi-culturally equitable.
McIntosh is the author of many influential articles on curriculum change, women's studies and systems of unearned privilege. She is best known for authoring the groundbreaking article "White Privilege and Male Privilege: A Personal Account of Coming to See Correspondences through Work in Women’s Studies”(1988). This analysis and its shorter form, "White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack” (1989), have been instrumental in putting the dimension of privilege into discussions of gender, race and sexuality. The essay set forth the concept of white privilege, a theoretical construct that has since significantly influenced anti-racist theory and practice as well as other activist movements.
A gifted teacher, McIntosh has taught English, American Studies, and Women's Studies at the Brearley School, Harvard University, Trinity College (Washington, D.C.), Durham University (England), and Wellesley College, among other institutions.
McIntosh directs the Gender, Race, and Inclusive Education Project, which provides workshops on privilege systems, feelings of fraudulence, and diversifying workplaces, curricula, and teaching methods.
She is also featured in the documentary film “Mirrors of Privilege: Making Whiteness Visible.”
She is co-founder of the Rocky Mountain Women's Institute (Colorado) and has been consulting editor to Sage: A Scholarly Journal on Black Women. In 1993-1994, she consulted with women on 22 Asian campuses on the development of Women's Studies programs. In addition to having two honorary degrees, she is a recipient of the Klingenstein Award for Distinguished Educational Leadership from Columbia Teachers College.
A skillful and dynamic speaker, McIntosh is available for lectures and workshops. She also does presentations on systems of privilege with Victor Lee Lewis
and Hugh Vasquez
(both seen in the film The Color of Fear
), co-directors of the Center for Diversity Leadership.