Quantcast

Melissa Harris-Perry | The Nation

Melissa Harris-Perry

Author Bios

Melissa Harris-Perry

Melissa Harris-Perry

Columnist

Melissa Harris-Perry is professor of political science at Tulane University, where she is founding director of the Project on Gender, Race, and Politics in the South. She is author of Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America. She is also a contributor to MSNBC.

Articles

News and Features

The court’s decision to invalidate the abortion clinic buffer zone limits the privacy women require as participants in a democracy.

What happens when the black experience is relegated to background noise?

Paul Ryan’s racist comments have been the mainstream view of the Democratic Party for decades.

Sooner or later, marriage equality will win. What happens to marriage then?

President Obama’s symbolic recognition of minorities isn’t a substitute for policy, but it does matter.

In crafting laws after the horrifying killings in Connecticut, it’s crucial that we recognize our own collective trauma before we rush to act.

The impact of an Obama presidency is better answered by partisanship than race—but race still matters.

The stakes are high for students unlucky enough to be caught in the crossfire.

Has Hurricane Isaac taught Bobby Jindal that in the face of natural disaster, small government is no help?

It’s time to update Nina Simone's iconic song title—the GOP veep candidate is just as extreme on women’s health and rights as he is on economics.

Blogs

Black History Month and Women's History Month are not enough—and the consequences of our collective historical ignorance are profound.
Saturday's shootings reminded me that a democratic republic requires much more sacrifice than I had allowed myself to remember when I have...
For many observers, the decision to demonize Vick seems motivated by something more pernicious than concern for animal welfare. It seems to...
Kanye West wasn't just calling George W. Bush a racist. He was, essentially, calling Bush a traitor.
The Sunday morning pundits have renewed my frustration with our national reaction to the vilification of Shirley Sherrod. It seems we are...
Melissa Harris-Lacewell explains why Elena Kagan’s decision to deny military recruiters equal access to Harvard Law School was the...
On Wednesday ABC's Nightline offered a cartoonish and superficial discussion of black marriage.
I prefer to remember Height's voice rather than her iconic status.