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Melissa Harris-Perry

Author Bios

Melissa Harris-Perry

Melissa Harris-Perry

Melissa Harris-Perry is a columnist at The Nation and host of MSNBC’s “Melissa Harris-Perry,” which airs on Saturdays and Sundays from 10AM to noon ET. She is also Presidential Endowed Chair in Politics and International Affairs at Wake Forest University, her alma mater and where she is also director of the Anna Julia Cooper Center on Gender, Race, and Politics in the South. She has previously service on the faculties of the University of Chicago, Princeton University and Tulane University. 
Harris-Perry is author of Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America, which argues that persistent harmful stereotypes profoundly shape black women’s politics, contribute to policies that treat them unfairly, and make it difficult for black women to assert their rights in the political arena. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and their two daughters.



News and Features

When we reduce the devastating hurricane to fiction—even really good fiction—we risk making it little more than a trope.

Despite conservative attempts to whitewash what they learn in school, young Americans are a diverse and tolerant bunch—and they know it.

Those who most strongly believe that the world is fair are most likely to reconcile their distress about unearned suffering by blaming the victims.

The first black president has created a definitional crisis for whiteness.

African-American children face threats to their survival, and African-American women are confronted with challenges to their capacity to parent healthy children. But shaming misinformation campaigns do nothing to address these problems.

But don't ignore the structural inequities that make the child's salvation necessary in the first place.

The Democratic Party found its voice in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. It owes the people of New Orleans a real recovery.

America has a long way to go before we get to the "more perfect union" Obama promises. But the work has begun in earnest.

His convention speech should draw from the wisdom of black women activists who were the prophets of American democracy.


The war on poverty is too often a war on the poor themselves.
If Congress can't reach a deal by New Year's, 2.1 million people will be kicked off unemployment benefits.
Walmart's bottom-line business model has made the Walton family billions, while pushing employees onto public assistance.
As the number of civilian casualties mounts, our nation's “kill list” only grows longer. 
Last week was a big win for President Obama. So what are American voters trying to tell the president about their hopes for his second term...
Which candidate's final-stretch strategy will be enough to win the presidency? 
Will Romney and Ryan be held accountable for their proposed rollback of women’s rights?
Despite a series of voting rights victories, ballot box bullies will still try to dissuade voters.