Meet Melissa the Pioneer: The only Professor with her own TV Show in the United States

2012-03-02 03:44

Melissa Harris Perry is the full time professor of Political Science at Tulane University in the United States. In February 2012 she began her new television show on the prominent international MSNBC, a leader in breaking news and original journalism.

The show is the first and only one of its kind in the United States hosted by a full time professor. The common culture in broadcast media is to invite professors to provide analysis on current events or breaking news as guests not anchors at the centre of the show.

This development indeed has elevated the phenomenon of a public intellectual. A public intellectual is an university academic who speak or write to a larger audience not merely to their academic colleagues through academic journals, seminars and conferences.

Prior to Tulane University Melissa Harris Perry was an associate professor of politics at Princeton University from 2006 to 2010, and taught political science at the University of Chicago from 1999 to 2005.

At Tulane University Mellisa Harris Perry is teaching two courses:

POLA6960: America's First Ladies

This is a course that explores American First Ladies as political and social actors.

POLA3010: Introduction to African American Politics 

This course provides an introduction to the political experience of African Americans.

Melissa's first book, Barbershops, Bibles, and BET: Everyday Talk and Black Political Thought, won the 2005 W. E. B. Du Bois Book Award from the National Conference of Black Political Scientists and 2005 Best Book Award from the Race and Ethnic Politics Section of the American Political Science Association.

In 2009 Professor Harris-Perry became the youngest scholar to deliver the W.E.B. Du Bois Lectures at Harvard University. Also in 2009 she delivered the prestigious Ware Lecture, becoming the youngest woman to ever do so.


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