Melissa V. Harris-Perry
Melissa Victoria Harris-Perry is a writer, professor, television host, and political commentator. Ms. Harris-Perry hosted the Melissa Harris-Perry weekend news and opinion television show on MSNBC from 2012 to 2016. Currently, Ms. Harris-Perry is the Maya Angelou Presidential Chair at Wake Forest University.
At Wake Forest University, Ms. Harris-Perry is the founding director of the Anna Julia Cooper Center, an interdisciplinary center at Wake Forest University that uses the tools of the academy to build scholarly foundations for intersectional research, teaching, and community engagement.
Ms. Harris-Perry Melissa is also the executive director of the Pro Humanitate Institute at Wake Forest University. Charged with serving as the programmatic facilitator of Wake Forest University’s motto, the Pro Humanitate Institute is a core of learning, teaching, research, service, and action that transforms the ethos of Wake Forest University into an explicit mission connected to clear practices with meaningful social justice outcomes.
Ms. 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 also studied theology at Union Theological Seminary. Harris-Perry previously served on the faculty of the University of Chicago, Princeton University, and Tulane University.