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Maya Angelou Presidential Chair at Wake Forest University, Professor & Writer
Professor Melissa Harris-Perry is the Maya Angelou Presidential Chair in the Department of Politics and International Affairs, the Department of Women and Gender Studies, and the Program in Environment and Sustainability at Wake Forest University. There she teaches courses on American politics at the intersections of race, place, and gender. Read More >
Melissa serves as host and managing editor of The Takeaway, a daily, national public radio program and podcast distributed by WNYC and PRX. Professor Harris-Perry is founder and president of the Anna Julia Cooper Center, whose mission is to advance justice through intersectional scholarship and action. And along with Dorian Warren, Harris-Perry is co-creator and co-host of The Takeaway’s special project Deep Dives with MHP and Dorian and the podcast System Check.
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.
From 2012-2016, she hosted the television show “Melissa Harris-Perry” on weekend mornings on MSNBC and was awarded the Hillman Prize for broadcast journalism. She served as editor-at-large for Elle.com and for ZORA. She continues to serve as contributing editor for The Nation.
Professor Harris-Perry is an award-winning author and sought after public speaker, lecturing widely throughout the United States and abroad. 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 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. Professor Harris-Perry has been awarded honorary degrees from many universities including Meadville Lombard Theological School, Winston-Salem State University, Eckerd College, New York University, and Ithaca College.
Melissa serves on several boards and award committees and is a trustee of The Century Foundation, The Next 100 and The Markup.
She and her family live in North Carolina. Read Less ^
Honoring Black History
"Dr. Harris-Perry was a skillful and compelling moderator for our Forum. She guided the conversation through a lot of tough topics, and found moments or humor and poignancy along the way. And, she was fun and professional to work with. Dr. Harris-Perry is so good at what she does and totally fun to work with."
"Melissa Harris Perry was fabulous and everything went superbly! Thank you so much for everything you did to make this happen. And I can’t tell you how awesome Melissa was. She made our 50th Anniversary amazing! We truly appreciate, everything!"
"Melissa was everything we expected and more. She brought out a crowd that we have never seen at Sarah Lawrence and provided such an engaging, life changing presentation for all that were there. I would love to bring her back for part II. She is truly phenomenal and the best at what she does."
"She is one of the best speakers I’ve ever heard!!! Just wonderful!"
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