Melissa Harris-Perry is Professor of Political Science and Director of the Anna Julia Cooper Project LLC. Perry hosts her own show on MSNBC and wrote Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America (Yale Press 2011), which seeks “to understand more deeply black women’s political and emotional responses to pervasive negative race and gender images.”
Prior to joining Tulane, Harris-Perry was an Associate Professor of Politics and African American Studies at Princeton University in 2006-2010.
She received her B.A. in English from Wake Forest University, her Ph.D. in political science from Duke University and an honorary doctorate from Meadville Lombard Theological School. She also studied theology at Union Theological Seminary in New York.