|Alma mater||U PENN, University of Minnesota, William Mitchell College of Law|
|Occupation||Professor American Studies|
|Known for||Black feminism|
Duchess Harris is an African-American academic, author, and legal scholar. She is a professor of American studies at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, specializing in black feminism, U.S. law, and African American political movements. Her book Black Feminist Politics from Kennedy to Obama was published by Palgrave MacMillan in 2009, and with Bruce Baum she co-edited Racially Writing the Republic: Racists, Race Rebels, and Transformations of American Identity, published by Duke University Press in 2009. In 2011 she received her J.D. from the William Mitchell College of Law. Her young adult text Black Lives Matter is co-authored with Sue Bradford Edwards. She was the 2015 recipient of the MN Association of Black Lawyers "Profiles in Courage Award." Harris is a member of Delta Sigma Theta sorority. On March 26, 2016, Zeta Phi Beta sorority named her "Woman of the Year." Her fourth book was published on December 15, 2016. "Hidden Human Computers: The Black Women of NASA" is about the Black women who did mathematical calculations for John Glenn to go into orbit. Harris was motivated to write this book with Sue Bradford Edwards because her grandmother was in the group of the first 11 recruited to work at NASA. After publishing this work, Harris was offered a contract with ABDO Publishing to become the curator of the Duchess Harris Collection, which publishes works for 3-12 graders. https://abdopublishing.com/duchess-harris-collection
Education and career
When she was 14, Harris received an academic scholarship to attend Canterbury School in New Milford, Connecticut. After graduation, she was admitted to the University of Pennsylvania. She was elected student body president. Her activism was reported in Wayne Glasker's, Black Students in the Ivory Tower: African American Student Activism at the University of Pennsylvania, 1967-1990. In 1991, Harris earned her Bachelor of Arts in American history and Afro-American studies, and in 1997 she earned her PhD in American studies from the University of Minnesota. That same year she was named one of "Thirty Young Leaders of the Future" by Ebony Magazine. She joined the faculty at Macalester College in 1998.
She was a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute on Race and Poverty at the University of Minnesota Law School under the direction of John A. Powell; and she was Rockefeller Humanities Resident with the Institute of African-American Studies, University of Georgia. Harris was a policy fellow for the Hubert. H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, and served on the Shirley Chisholm Presidential Accountability Commission in 2010. Her writing and commentary have appeared in Litigation News, The Huffington Post, The Feminist Wire, and Race-Talk. While at law school, Harris co-founded the William Mitchell Law Raza Journal, an online, interactive scholarly publication on the issues of race and the law. Her scholarship has been supported through a Bush Foundation Leadership Fellowship.
Harris lectures and speaks on the subjects of race, law, and feminism.
Books and edited volumes
- 2017-2019 The Duchess Harris Collection
https://abdobooks.com/duchess-harris-collection • 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
- 2018 "Black Feminist Politics from Kennedy to Trump" 
- 2017 "Race and Policing" ABDO Publishing with Rebecca Rissman Template:ISBN 1532110359, ISBN 978-1532110351
- 2016 "Hidden Human Computers: The Black Women of NASA." ABDO Publishing with Sue Bradford Edwards ISBN 1680783874
- 2015. Black Lives Matter. ABDO Publishing with Sue Bradford Edwards. ISBN 978-1624038983
- 2011. Black Feminist Politics from Kennedy to Obama (Second edn). Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 0230112552
- 2009. Black Feminist Politics from Kennedy to Clinton Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 978-0230613300 http://www.palgraveconnect.com/pc/doifinder/view/10.1057/9780230623200
- 2009. Racially Writing the Republic: Racists, Race Rebels, and Transformations of American Identity. Duke University Press, ed. with Bruce Baum. ISBN 0822344475.
Contributions to books and essays
- 2018. "“Michelle Obama Raising Black Daughters to Be Magic,” which is a chapter in Michelle Obama's Impact on African American Women and Girls by Michelle Duster (Editor), Paula Marie Seniors (Editor), Rose C. Thevenin (Editor) 2018 https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/michelle-obamas-impact-on-african-american-women-and-girls-michelle-duster/1128550790?ean=9783319924670
- 2004. "To Die for the People's Temple: The Appropriation of Huey Newton by Jim Jones" with Adam John Waterman. In Rebecca Moore, Anthony B. Pinn, and Mary R. Sawyer (eds), Peoples Temple and Black Religion in America. pp. 103–122. Indiana University Press. ISBN 0253216559.
- 2001. "From Kennedy to Combahee: Black Feminist Activism from 1960 to 1980". In Bettye Collier-Thomas, V.P. Franklin (eds.) Sisters in the Struggle: African-American Women in the Civil Rights-Black Power Movement. pp. 280–305. New York University Press. ISBN 0814716032.
- 2001. "Nineteenth Century Black Feminist Writing and Organizing as a Humanist Act". In Anthony B. Pinn (ed.), By These Hands: A Documentary History of African-American Humanism, pp. 55–70. New York University Press. ISBN 0814766722.
Journals and online articles
- "Bridging Generational Gaps Through Out-of-Classroom Intergenerational Experiences," GENERATIONS – Journal of the American Society on Aging, Volume 41 .Number 3, pp 84–89 (2017)
- Review of "Florynce “Flo” Kennedy: The Life of a Black Feminist Radical (Gender and American Culture) by Sherie M. Randolph, Journal of American History, Volume 103, Issue 3 (2016)
- Review of "Urban Black Women and the Politics of Resistance" by Zenzele Isoke, National Political Science Review, Volume 17:2 (2015)
- "Black Feminist Prison Politics" National Political Science Review, Volume 17:1 (2015)
- "The World Is Burning— Paris, Beirut, Kenya, and on Our Front Steps Here in Minnesota. What Can We Do About It?" with Maria Mitchell, on behalf of the Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers,
- "The books that prove black lives have always mattered in America" with Julie Schwietert Collazo http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/nov/03/black-lives- matter-history-non-fiction-books, November 2015
- "Infiltrate What Exists, Innovate What Doesn’t": Mentoring in the Academy, Leading By Example Part 2, The Feminist Wire (2014)
- "Infiltrate What Exists, Innovate What Doesn’t": Mentoring in the Academy, Leading By Example Part 1, The Feminist Wire (2014)
- Beyond the Beyond: Closing and Opening (with Susannah Bartlow and Stephanie Gilmore), The Feminist Wire (2014)
- Beyond Critique: An Introduction (with Susannah Bartlow and Stephanie Gilmore), The Feminist Wire (2014)
- What You Don't Know Can Kill You: Race Class and Access to Genetic Cancer Testing,The Feminist Wire (2013)
- Your Feminism Ain't Like Ours, Because We Are Raising Quvenzhané, The Feminist Wire (2013)
- Civil Rights Law and The Valley Swim Club: "Trouble the Waters" in the Age of Obama(with Craig Green and Keesha Gaskins), William Mitchell Law Raza Journal (2012)
- Kathryn Stockett Is Not My Sister and I Am Not Her Help, JENdA: A Journal of Culture of African Women Studies (2011)
- "The Help Leaves Her Longing for a More Authentic Story", JENdA: A Journal of Culture of African Women Studies (2011)
- Book Review: This Violent Empire: The Birth of an American National Identity, Journal of American History (2010)
- "Orders Highlight Need for Diversity in Appointing Class Counsel", Litigation News (2010)
- "The State of Black Women in Politics Under the First Black President", The Scholar and Feminist Online Issue (2010)
- "In-House Counsel's Inactive Bar Status Causes Loss of Privilege", Litigation News (2010)
- "Opposing Party Ordered to Pay Expert Deposition Preparation Fees", Litigation News(2010)
- "Clerk-Loaning" Program Sparks Ethical Debate, Litigation News (2009)
- Racially Writing the Republic: Racists, Race Rebels, and Transformations of American Identity (with Bruce Baum) (2009)
- "Courts Wrangle with Twittering by Jurors", Litigation News (2009)
- "Black Feminist Politics from Kennedy to Clinton" (2009)
- "Computers to Replace Lawyers? Not Yet", Litigation News (2009)
- "Barack Obama as Walter Lee Younger, Jr.", Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder (2008)
- Review of Black Feminist Voices in Politics by Evelyn Simian, National Political Science Review (2007)
- Review of Living for the Revolution: Black Feminist Organizations, 1968-1980 by Kimberly Springer, Journal of African American History (2006) To Die for the People's Temple: The Appropriation of Huey Newton by Jim Jones (with Adam John Waterman), People's Temple and Black Religion in America (2004)
- "Negative Black American Stereotypes and Their Impact on Japanese Mindset and Behaviors", Connecticut Public Interest Law Journal (2002)
- Review of Critical race feminism: A Reader edited by Adrien Katherine Wing, Women & Politics (2002)
- "Multicultural Feminism Transforming Democracy", Safundi: The Journal of South African and American Comparative Studies (2002)
- [Reprinted] "Babylon is Burning, Or Race, Gender, and Sexuality at the Revolutionary People's Constitutional Convention" (with Adam J. Waterman), Visiones Contemporaneas De La Cultura Y La Literature Norteamericana En Los Sesenta Universidad de Sevilla(2002)
- "The American Health Insurance Landscape: From Self-Insurance to Subsidies, Rationing, and Turmoil" (with R. Geist), Minnesota Medicine: A Journal of Critical and Health Affairs (2002)
- "From Kennedy to Combahee: Black Feminist Activism from 1960 to 1980", Sisters in the struggle: African American women in the civil rights-black power movement (2001)
- "Medical Inflation: New systems for controlling it" (with R. Geist), Minnesota Physician: The Independent Medical Business Newspaper (2001)
- "Nineteenth Century Black Feminist Writing and Organizing as a Humanist Act", By These Hands: A Documentary History of African-American Humanism (2001)
- "Multicultural Feminism Transforming Democracy", Macalester International (2000)
- "Babylon is Burning, Or Race, Gender, and Sexuality at the Revolutionary People's Constitutional Convention", Journal of Intergroup Relations (2000)
- "The Problem of the 21st Century: The Problem of the Dollar Sign", Black Issues in Higher Education (2000)
- "All of Who I Am in the Same Place: The Combahee River Collective", Womanist Theory and Research (1999) Expanding Women's Opportunities: Black Participation on the President's Commission on the Status of Women, Journal of Intergroup Relations (1998)
- "Analyzing Racial Justice and Social Law", Journal of Intergroup Relations (1997)
- "Colin Powell's American Journey: Not to the Capitol, but to Capital", Journal of Intergroup Relations (1997)
- "Reclaiming Culture or Commodifying Contempt?", American Quarterly (1996)
- Review essay of Kenneth Goings', Mammy and Uncle Mose: Black collectible and American Stereotyping and...
- "More Than Memorabilia? Khaila as Jezebel, Manny, and Sapphire in Losing Isaiah",COLORS: Opinion & the Arts in Communities of Color (1995)
- Book Review: Black Feminist Thought by Patricia Hill Collins, Canon: The Journal of the Rocky Mountain American Studies Association (1994)
- Dr. Boyce Spotlight: Duchess Harris – Mother, Wife, Attorney, Extraordinary Scholar | Your Black World
- "Reigniting Black Feminist Power". Review by Christine E. Hutchins. On the Issues Magazine.
- Duchess Harris: No tweeting allowed, classroom discussions stay off the record | Twin Cities Daily Planet
- Francis, Delma J. (June 11, 2012). "Black feminist politics". Twin Cities Daily Planet.
- Weaver, Joshua R. (July 11, 2011). "The Root Recommends: 'Black Feminist Politics From Kennedy to Obama'". The Root. Archived from the original on February 3, 2012.
- The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Social History. OUP USA. 7 June 2012. pp. 1–. ISBN 978-0-19-974336-0.
- Mott, Shani (December 2010). "Book Review: Racially Writing the Republic: Racists, Race Rebels, and Transformations of American Identity". The Journal of American History. 97 (3). Archived from the original on 2012-04-28.
- "Macalester professor receives Profiles in Courage Award from the Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers". www.macalester.edu. Retrieved 2016-02-26.
- "Mistaken for your child's grandmother". CNN. By Tananarive Due, September 16, 2011.
- Norment, Lynn (December 1997). "30 Young Leaders of the Future". Ebony Magazine.
- Thompson, Krissah (September 17, 2010). "Black scholars to debate how to hold Obama 'accountable'". The Washington Post.
- Page, Susan (July 14, 2008). "Scope wide at NAACP meetings". USA Today.
- Karen Grigsby Bates, "History Makes Hiring Household Help A Complex Choice". North Country Public Radio.
- Julie A. Gallagher (2012). Black Women and Politics in New York City. University of Illinois Press. pp. 207–. ISBN 978-0-252-03696-5.
- Bettye Collier-Thomas; Vincent P. Franklin (2001). Sisters in the Struggle: African American Women in the Civil Rights-black Power Movement. NYU Press. pp. 257–. ISBN 978-0-8147-1603-8.
- Melissa V. Harris-Perry (20 September 2011). Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America. Yale University Press. pp. 318–. ISBN 978-0-300-16541-8.