Senior Research Scientist and Former Associate Director
- Ph.D., Harvard University
Founder of the National SEED Project; writes and lectures extensively on issues of equity and privilege as they relate to race, class, gender, sexual orientation, especially in school curricula
Peggy McIntosh, Ph.D., former associate director of the Wellesley Centers for Women, is the founder of the National SEED Project (Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity). SEED helps teachers and community members to create their own local, year-long, peer-led seminars. The participants in these seminars use their own experiences and those of their students, children, and colleagues in important conversations that in turn create communities and workplaces that are more inclusive.
As a senior research scientist at the Wellesley Centers for Women, 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.
McIntosh is widely known for her 1988 and 1989 papers on privilege -- White Privilege and Male Privilege: A Personal Account of Coming to See Correspondences through Work on Women’s Studies and White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack. Although the term ‘White Privilege’ was used well before McIntosh’s work, it gained widespread use following the publication of these papers. Her four-part paper series on Feeling Like A Fraud, written over thirty years, also continues to empower readers to draw wisdom from their own life experiences.
McIntosh is a co-founder of the Rocky Mountain Women's Institute 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 and programs to bring materials from Women's Studies into the main curriculum. She 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.
In addition to having four honorary degrees, McIntosh is a recipient of the Klingenstein Award for Distinguished Educational Leadership from Columbia Teachers College.