Melissa Harris-Perry

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Melissa Harris-Perry
Born Melissa Victoria Harris
(1973-10-02) October 2, 1973 (age 40)
Seattle, Washington, U.S.
Residence New Orleans, Louisiana
Education Wake Forest University (B.A.)
Duke University (Ph.D.)
Occupation Professor, author
Religion Unitarian Universalist
Spouse(s) Dennis Lacewell (1999–2005)
James Perry (2010–present)
Children 2 daughters: Parker b. 2002, baby girl born February 14, 2014[1]
Parents William M. Harris Sr.
Diana Gray

Melissa Victoria Harris-Perry (born October 2, 1973; formerly known as Melissa Victoria Harris-Lacewell) is an American writer, professor, television host, and political commentator with a focus on African-American politics. Harris-Perry hosts the Melissa Harris-Perry weekend news and opinion television show on MSNBC. She is also a regular fill-in host on The Rachel Maddow Show as well as a professor of political science at Tulane University, where she is the founding director of the Anna Julia Cooper Project on Gender, Race, and Politics in the South. Prior to this, she taught at Princeton University and the University of Chicago. She is also a regular columnist for the magazine The Nation, and the author of Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America.



  1. ^ {cite news | url = | title = Congratulations! Melissa Harris-Perry Welcomes Daughter On Valentine’s Day | work = News One | date = February 15, 2014 | accessdate = February 15, 20114}

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