Staff

  Lead Instructor,  Dr. Melissa Harris-Perry  is the Maya Angelou Presidential Chair at Wake Forest University.  There she is founding director of the Anna Julia Cooper Center, whose mission is to advance justice through intersectional scholarship. She is also founder and co-director of the innovative bi-partisan program, Wake the Vote.  For more than a decade, Harris-Perry has contributed to American public life through her distinct combination of scholarly analysis and ordinary wisdom applied to the analysis of race, gender, politics, and power. Her writing has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Chicago Tribune, and many other print and digital venues. She was among the initial cohort of writers for TheRoot.com and authored highly regarded columns for both Essence and The Nation.  Currently, she is editor-at-large of Elle.com and a contributing editor at The Nation.  Committed to diversifying American journalism and mentoring emerging public voices, Professor Harris-Perry has developed and implemented innovative mentoring efforts including the Elle.com scholars program centering the stories of women and girls of color and BLACK ON CAMPUS, a national student journalism program in partnership with The Nation.  She is the author of the award-winning Barbershops, Bibles, and BET: Everyday Talk and Black Political Thought, and Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America.  Along with Dorian Warren, Harris-Perry is principal and co-host of Freedom on Tap, an independent media project combining live events, digital, and audio content.  She hosted the award winning television show “Melissa Harris-Perry” from 2012-2016 on weekend mornings on MSNBC and in 2016, she won the Hillman Prize for broadcast journalism.  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 in New York. Harris-Perry previously served on the faculty of the University of Chicago, Princeton University, and Tulane University. She serves on several boards and award committees and is a trustee of The Century Foundation.  She lives in North Carolina with her husband James, their two fulfilling daughters, and a delightful flock of chickens and ducks.

Lead Instructor,  Dr. Melissa Harris-Perry is the Maya Angelou Presidential Chair at Wake Forest University.  There she is founding director of the Anna Julia Cooper Center, whose mission is to advance justice through intersectional scholarship. She is also founder and co-director of the innovative bi-partisan program, Wake the Vote.

For more than a decade, Harris-Perry has contributed to American public life through her distinct combination of scholarly analysis and ordinary wisdom applied to the analysis of race, gender, politics, and power. Her writing has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Chicago Tribune, and many other print and digital venues. She was among the initial cohort of writers for TheRoot.com and authored highly regarded columns for both Essence and The Nation.  Currently, she is editor-at-large of Elle.com and a contributing editor at The Nation.

Committed to diversifying American journalism and mentoring emerging public voices, Professor Harris-Perry has developed and implemented innovative mentoring efforts including the Elle.com scholars program centering the stories of women and girls of color and BLACK ON CAMPUS, a national student journalism program in partnership with The Nation.

She is the author of the award-winning Barbershops, Bibles, and BET: Everyday Talk and Black Political Thought, and Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America.

Along with Dorian Warren, Harris-Perry is principal and co-host of Freedom on Tap, an independent media project combining live events, digital, and audio content.  She hosted the award winning television show “Melissa Harris-Perry” from 2012-2016 on weekend mornings on MSNBC and in 2016, she won the Hillman Prize for broadcast journalism.

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 in New York. Harris-Perry previously served on the faculty of the University of Chicago, Princeton University, and Tulane University. She serves on several boards and award committees and is a trustee of The Century Foundation.

She lives in North Carolina with her husband James, their two fulfilling daughters, and a delightful flock of chickens and ducks.

  Contributing Instructor, Dr. Danielle Parker  is Faculty Associate Director of the Anna Julia Cooper Center and Assistant Professor of Multicultural Education, Critical Pedagogy and Social Foundations in the Department of Education at Wake Forest University. She received her B.A. from North Carolina Central University, a Masters in Social Science from the University of Chicago, and a Ph.D. in Education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research interests include black mothers and their experiences with youth mentoring programs, and first-generation and underrepresented students’ access to college and graduate school. Her research also focuses on the ways in which parents utilized partnerships to leverage outcomes for youth of color, which particular focus on the campus-based CDF Freedom School, where she serves as Executive Director. The Anna Julia Cooper Center- CDF Freedom School is 6- week summer program focused on  building strong, literate, and empowered children prepared to make a difference in themselves, their families, communities, nation and the world today  located on the campus of Wake Forest University, serving rising 3rd-5th graders.

Contributing Instructor, Dr. Danielle Parker is Faculty Associate Director of the Anna Julia Cooper Center and Assistant Professor of Multicultural Education, Critical Pedagogy and Social Foundations in the Department of Education at Wake Forest University. She received her B.A. from North Carolina Central University, a Masters in Social Science from the University of Chicago, and a Ph.D. in Education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research interests include black mothers and their experiences with youth mentoring programs, and first-generation and underrepresented students’ access to college and graduate school. Her research also focuses on the ways in which parents utilized partnerships to leverage outcomes for youth of color, which particular focus on the campus-based CDF Freedom School, where she serves as Executive Director. The Anna Julia Cooper Center- CDF Freedom School is 6- week summer program focused on building strong, literate, and empowered children prepared to make a difference in themselves, their families, communities, nation and the world today located on the campus of Wake Forest University, serving rising 3rd-5th graders.

  Contributing Instructor, James R. Otteson   is a Professor of Economics, the Thomas W. Smith Presidential Chair in Business Ethics, the Executive Director of the Eudaimonia Institute, and a Senior Fellow for  The BB&T Center for the Study of Capitalism . He received his BA from the University of Notre Dame and his PhD from the University of Chicago. Before coming to Wake Forest, Dr. Otteson was joint professor of philosophy and economics, and philosophy department chair, at Yeshiva University. He has taught previously at New York University, Georgetown University, and the University of Alabama. He also serves as Research Professor in the Freedom Center and in the Philosophy Department at the University of Arizona, and he is a Senior Scholar at the Fund for American Studies in Washington, DC. His website can be found at   jamesotteson.com

Contributing Instructor, James R. Otteson  is a Professor of Economics, the Thomas W. Smith Presidential Chair in Business Ethics, the Executive Director of the Eudaimonia Institute, and a Senior Fellow for  The BB&T Center for the Study of Capitalism . He received his BA from the University of Notre Dame and his PhD from the University of Chicago. Before coming to Wake Forest, Dr. Otteson was joint professor of philosophy and economics, and philosophy department chair, at Yeshiva University. He has taught previously at New York University, Georgetown University, and the University of Alabama. He also serves as Research Professor in the Freedom Center and in the Philosophy Department at the University of Arizona, and he is a Senior Scholar at the Fund for American Studies in Washington, DC. His website can be found at jamesotteson.com