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Melissa Harris-Perry

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melissa harris-perryMelissa V. Harris-Perry is an award winning author and the host of MSNBC’s “Melissa Harris-Perry.” She is currently a professor of political science at Tulane University, and will join the faculty of Wake Forest University in summer of 2014 as a Presidential Chair. Her academic research is inspired by a desire to investigate the challenges facing contemporary black Americans and to better understand the multiple, creative ways that African Americans respond to these challenges.



Sara Kugler

Program Director
Sara KuglerSara Kugler joined the Anna Julia Cooper Project as a research intern in Fall of 2011. She received her B.A. in Latin American Studies at Tulane University, where she studied the Cuban Revolution’s approach to eliminating racial discrimination and its implications for racial equity in the country. Sara additionally works with the nonprofit organizations VOTE (Voice of the Ex-Offender) and the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center.