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Duchess Harris

Professor Duchess Harris was a Mellon Mays Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania. She graduated in 1991 with a degree in American History. Six years later, she earned a Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Minnesota. She did postdoctoral fellowships at the Institute on Race and Poverty at the University of Minnesota Law School and at the Womanist Studies Consortium at the University of Georgia. In 1998, Harris joined the faculty at Macalester College. She became the first Chair of the American Studies Department in 2003 and was granted tenure in 2004. In 2007 she decided that attending law school would allow her to expand the scope of her scholarship even further. In 2008, she was the only law student in the country chosen to be an Associate Editor for Litigation News, the American Bar Association Section’s quarterly flagship publication. In 2009, she won a $96,000 fellowship from the Bush Leadership Program, which encourages their recipients to create positive change in their communities. In 2010, she became the first Editor-in-Chief of Law Raza Journal, an interactive on-line race and the law journal.

Harris earned a Juris Doctorate in January 2011, and has an expertise in Civil Rights Law. In 2015, The Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers chose her to receive “The Profiles in Courage Award.” She is currently a member of Governor Tim Walz’s Board of Public Defense. She is also the proud curator of the Duchess Harris Collection, which has more than 65 books written for 3-12 graders. Macalester College President, Brian C. Rosenberg interviewed her about her title on the #MeToo Movement.

Harris is a scholar of Contemporary African American History and Political Theory. Her academic books include, Racially Writing the Republic: Racists, Race Rebels, and Transformations of American Identity, Black Feminist Politics from Kennedy to Clinton, Black Feminist Politics from Kennedy to Obama, and Black Feminist Politics from Kennedy to Trump.

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Black Girl Magic Beyond the Hashtag: Twenty-First Century Acts of Self-Definition, co-edited with Julia S. Jordan-Zachery (The University of Arizona Press, 2019)

Black Feminist Politics from Kennedy to Trump (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018)

Race and Policing, with Rebecca Rissman (ABDO Publishing, 2017)

Hidden Human Computers: The Black Women of NASA, with Sue Bradford Edwards (ABDO Publishing, 2016)

Black Lives Matter, with Sue Bradford Edwards (ABDO Publishing, 2015)

Black Feminist Politics from Kennedy to Obama – Second Edition (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011)

Black Feminist Politics from Kennedy to Clinton (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009)

Racially Writing the Republic: Racists, Race Rebels, and Transformations of American Identity, co-edited with Bruce Baum (Duke University Press, 2009)

The Duchess Harris Collection (ABDO Publishing, 2017-2019)

The Charlottesville Protests
The Dreamers and DACA
Mass Shootings in America
The Opioid Crisis
The Paris Climate Agreement
The Refugee Crisis
Russian Hacking in American Elections
The Silence Breakers and the #MeToo Movement
Fighting Stereotypes in Sports
Gender and Race in Sports
Politics and Protest in Sports
Race and College Sports
Race and Sports Management
Race in Sports Media Coverage
Barbara Jordan: Politician and Civil Rights Leader
Blacks in Paris: African American Culture in Europe
Daisy Bates and the Little Rock Nine
The Grand Contraband Camp
Hidden Heroes: The Human Computers of NASA
The Making of Motown
The March on Washington and Its Legacy
Oney “Ona” Judge: Escape from Slavery and the President’s House
Ruby Bridges and the Desegregation of American Schools
The Scottsboro Boys
The Story of the Black National Anthem
Two Bloody Sundays: Civil Rights in America and Ireland
Freedom of the Press
Freedom of Religion
Governmental Checks and Balances
The Right to Bear Arms
The Right to Protest
The Right to Vote
Growing Up a Girl
Male Privilege
Sexism and Race
Sexism at Work
Sexism in Politics
Sexism in the Media
Advertising Overload
The Fake News Phenomenon
How Journalists Work
Uncovering Bias in the News
Why News Matters
Your Personalized Internet
Black Lives Matter
Boston Tea Party
Civil Rights Sit-Ins
Environmental Protests
Political Resistance in the Current Age
Women’s Suffrage
Barack Obama Is Elected President
The Discovery of the Polio Vaccine
Eleanor Roosevelt Champions Women’s Rights
The First Moon Landing
The Internet Connects Us All
Jackie Robinson Breaks Barriers
The Legalization of Same-Sex Marriage
Rosa Parks Stays Seated
The American Middle Class
Being Poor in America
Class and Education
Class and Race
Class Mobility
The Future of Work in America
The Health-Care Divide
The One Percent