Leslie Harris

Leslie Harris is a professor of history and African American studies at Northwestern University. Prior to this role, she taught for 21 years at Emory University. At Emory University, Ms. Harris co-founded and directed the Transforming Community Project, which used history and dialogue to address persistent challenges around racial and other forms of human diversity in higher education. A specialist in pre-Civil War African American history, her first body of work on New York City challenged the prevailing view of slavery as a phenomenon of the southern United States, with little impact or importance in the north. She is author of Sexuality and Slavery: Reclaiming Intimate Histories in the Americas and Slavery and the University: Histories and Legacies. She is currently at work on a book on New Orleans that uses Hurricane Katrina and her family’s history as a way to interrogate the history of African Americans in the city from the nineteenth century to the present. Ms. Harris earned a doctorate from Stanford University.