The members of Not In Our Town welcome MELISSA HARRIS-PERRY back to Princeton on Sunday, October 16th at 2:00 p.m. Professor Harris -Perry will be at the Princeton Public Library discussing her latest book, SISTER CITIZEN: Shame Stereotypes, and Black Women in America. Melissa Harris-Perry is a professor of political science at Tulane University. She was formerly an associate professor of politics and African-American studies at Princeton University (2006–2010). While Ms. Harris-Perry was at Princeton she led and participated in programs co-sponsored by Not in Our Town Princeton.
Her newest book, SISTER CITIZEN (according to a description on the book on Amazon.com) “uses multiple methods of inquiry, including literary analysis, political theory, focus groups, surveys, and experimental research, to understand more deeply black women’s political and emotional responses to pervasive negative race and gender images. Not a traditional political science work concerned with office-seeking, voting, or ideology, Sister Citizen instead explores how African American women understand themselves as citizens and what they expect from political organizing. Harris-Perry shows that the shared struggle to preserve an authentic self and secure recognition as a citizen links together black women in America, from the anonymous survivors of Hurricane Katrina to the current First Lady of the United States.”
The book has received very favorable reviews from many scholars including Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Donna Brazile, Political Commentator for CNN and ABC News and former Interim Chair of the Democratic National Committee.
In the social media arena, Ms. Harris-Perry has a blog on The Nation, and can followed on Twitter at @SisterCitizen. She makes frequent appearances on national television, including at MSNBC
— Joyce Turner