Melissa Harris-Perry, the holder of the Presidential Endowed Chair in the department of politics and international affairs at Wake Forest University, has been given the additional duty of executive director of the Pro Humanitate Institute at the university. Established this past summer, the institute oversees many of the university’s community engagement initiatives.
“Melissa Harris-Perry is ideal for this role, given her own student experiences at Wake Forest, her prize-winning academic work on contemporary politics and social justice, and her remarkable career of involvement in local, regional, and national issues and projects,” said Wake Forest University Provost Rogan Kersh. “Since joining the faculty, she has already become a leading voice for community engagement on campus.”
Before joining the Wake Forest faculty in 2014, Professor Harris-Perry was a professor of political science at Tulane University in New Orleans. Professor Harris-Perry is the author of Barbershops, Bibles, and BET: Everyday Talk and Black Political Thought (Princeton University Press, 2004) and Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America (Yale University Press, 2011).
A graduate of Wake Forest University, Professor Harris-Perry holds a Ph.D. in political science from Duke University.