About the AJC Project

Named for the foundational black feminist intellectual, activist, and educator of the early 20th century, the Anna Julia Cooper Project is an LLC based in New Orleans that supports programs, courses and research at the intersections of gender, race and politics in the South. It is led by founding director Melissa Harris- Perry, Professor of Political Science at Tulane University and host of “Melissa Harris-Perry” on MSNBC.

The Anna Julia Cooper Project will move to Winston-Salem, North Carolina in July 2014.

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Our Mission Statement

The Anna Julia Cooper Project on Gender, Race, and Politics in the South is endowed with the multifaceted mission:

  • to move beyond the black/white paradigm in the study of race while still paying attention to this historically important divide;
  • to focus specifically on the social and identity cleavages within racialized communities, specifically the intersections of gender, class, sexuality, and region;
  • to investigate the linkages between race, gender and expressive culture and to understand the role of race, gender, and region in shaping cultural production;
  • to investigate identity and politics with social scientific, humanistic and legal tools in a way that brings together individuals in academic departments, professional schools, and activist communities;
  • to combine the pursuits of the academy and the community in a way that challenges the traditional barriers of the ivory tower;
  • to take advantage of technology and emerging media to promote the work of scholars and to connect students and community in meaningful ways;
  • to provide an environment where young scholars, established scholars, community activists, and students can work together with mutual respect.
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