Special Issue:

Intersectional Approaches to Equity in Men’s Health and Well-Being


Guest Editor:

Derek M. Griffith, PhD

Founder and Director of the Center for Research on Men’s Health

Professor of Medicine, Health and Society

Vanderbilt University

Email: derek.griffith@vanderbilt.edu

Phone: (615) 322-0648


The International Journal of Men’s Social and Community Health seeks to publish a special theme issue of the journal focused on how we can utilize an intersectional lens to more systematically conceptualize, design and implement strategies to achieve equity in men’s health and well-being. There is increasing attention to the heterogeneity among men and the need to systematically consider and embrace the notion of masculinities (Connell, 1995) and how it shapes men’s health and well-being. Applying the concept of intersectionality (Crenshaw, 1995) to men’s health in the last decade (e.g., Bowleg, 2013, 2017; Bowleg, et al., 2017; Griffith, 2012; Griffith, Metzl, & Gunter, 2011) has facilitated this exploration, but there has not been a systematic effort to discuss the conceptual and practical aspects of applying this lens to men’s health: a population and set of outcomes for which it was not intended.


The goal of this special issue is to bring together scholars who are using an intersectional lens to advance men’s health and well-being to promote men’s health equity (Griffith, 2018; Griffith, Bruce, & Thorpe, Jr. 2019). This issue will include conceptual papers and qualitative, quantitative, and intervention research that illustrate the importance of and how to use an intersectional lens to advance men’s health and well-being. The guest editor and journal also are especially interested in papers that demonstrate how to incorporate intersectionality in programs or policies to improve men’s health and achieve men’s health equity. Manuscripts ultimately selected for publication will explicitly illuminate the identities that are being considered, what and how they matter, how gender, masculinities and/or manhood are operationalized, and how these factors provide more insight into health and well-being than approaches that are less clear.



Bowleg, L. (2013). “Once you’ve blended the cake, you can’t take the parts back to the main ingredients”: Black gay and bisexual men’s descriptions and experiences of intersectionality. Sex Roles, 68(11-12), 754-767.

Bowleg, L. (2017). Towards a critical health equity research stance: why epistemology and methodology matter more than qualitative methods. Health Education & Behavior, 44(5), 677-684.

Bowleg, L., del Río-González, A. M., Holt, S. L., Pérez, C., Massie, J. S., Mandell, J. E., & A. Boone, C. (2017). Intersectional Epistemologies of Ignorance: How Behavioral and Social Science Research Shapes What We Know, Think We Know, and Don’t Know About U.S. Black Men’s Sexualities. The Journal of Sex Research, 54(4-5), 577-603.

Connell, R. W. (1995). Masculinities: Knowledge, Power and Social Change. Oakland, CA: University of California Press.

Crenshaw, K. W. (1995). Mapping the margins: Intersectionality, identity politics, and violence against women of color. In K. W. Crenshaw, N. Gotanda, G. Peller, & K. Thomas (Eds.), Critical race theory: The key writings that formed the movement (pp. 359-383). New York, NY: New Press.

Griffith, D. M. (2012). An intersectional approach to men's health. Journal of Men's Health, 9(2), 106-112.

Griffith, D. M. (2018). “Centering the Margins”: Moving Equity to the Center of Men’s Health Research. American Journal of Men's Health, 12(5), 1317-1327.

Griffith, D. M., Bruce, M. A., & Thorpe, R. J. (Eds.). (2019). Men’s Health Equity: A Handbook (1st ed.). New York, NY: Routledge.

Griffith, D. M., Metzl, J. M., & Gunter, K. (2011). Considering intersections of race and gender in interventions that address U.S. men's health disparities. Public Health, 125(7), 417-423.

Project Timeline:

  • Manuscripts due: February 28, 2020
  • Peer review decision by: June 1, 2020
  • Revise and resubmit if necessary by: July 15, 2020
  • Final decision by: September 1, 2020
  • Publication: Fall 2020

Submission guidelines:

Please see http://ijmsch.com/index.php/IJMSCH/about/submissions for details about submissions.

Article Processing Charge:

The standard article processing charge to make papers open access will be waived for manuscripts accepted for publication in this special issue.