Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts



First Advisor

Dr. Camilla Nonterah


Intersectionality is a theory examining how individuals’ different identities intersect to create a new lived experience, often with compounded oppressions. This theory has recently been utilized in health research to help understand and find effective ways of addressing health disparities (Bowleg, 2012). However, while studies have theorized broadly about intersectionality theory in health research, it has seldom been used to specifically address health disparities in patients with End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD). This study conducted a systematic literature review of past research that has examined barriers to kidney transplantation among ESRD patients with intersectional identities, particularly concerning race and gender. The findings of this literature review found themes of race and gender interactions, lack of explicit use of the intersectionality framework, a focus on Black and White racial groups as well as cisgender individuals, and external validity limitations. In light of these themes, more large intersectional research studies concerning ESRD disparities involving diverse participants is recommended so that the literature base for intersectional identities can grow and lead to more targeted, efficient, and effective intervention programs.