Melissa Harris-Perry

Founding Director
melissa harris-perryMelissa V. Harris-Perry is an award winning author and the host of MSNBC’s “Melissa Harris-Perry.” She is Presidential Endowed Chair in Politics and International Affairs at Wake Forest University. 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

Associate Director
Sara KuglerSara Kugler is the Associate Director of the Anna Julia Cooper Center. She joined the center as a research intern in Fall of 2011. She received her B.A. in Latin American Studies at Tulane University. She has additionally worked at “Melissa Harris-Perry” on MSNBC, and volunteered with the New Orleans organization Voice of the Ex-Offender (VOTE).