Melissa Harris-Perry

melissa_harris-perryPresidential Endowed Professor
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Areas of expertise: American politics, African American politics, Feminist politics, public opinion, religion and politics


Melissa Harris-Perry is the Maya Angelou Presidential Chair at Wake Forest University. She is the founding director of the Anna Julia Cooper Center, Editor-in-Large at, and she hosted the television show “Melissa Harris-Perry” from 2012-2016 on weekend mornings on MSNBC. She is the author of the award-winning Barbershops, Bibles, and BET: Everyday Talk and Black Political Thought, and Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America. Dr. Harris-Perry received her B.A. degree in English from Wake Forest University and her Ph.D. degree in political science from Duke University. She also studied theology at Union Theological Seminary in New York. Harris-Perry previously served on the faculty of the University of Chicago, Princeton University, and Tulane University.




POL 210: Race, Class, and Social Justice

This course explores answers to the questions: What is social justice?  How are identities, experiences, and structures of race, ethnicity, and class intertwined with social justice in the American context? Why does social justice matter? What can individuals and communities do to develop socially justice outcomes?  Students closely read a number of texts drawn from a wide variety of disciplines and contemporary popular writings. In addition to traditional classroom practices of lecture, discussion, and writing, this course moves decidedly beyond the classroom by requiring students to engage in a number of social justice activities on campus and in the Winston-Salem community. Students work collaboratively to build a toolkit for social justice as the final project for the class.

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