Fredrick C. Harris

Fredrick C. Harris is Professor of Political Science, Director of the Center on African-American Politics and Society (CAAPS), and the Director of the Institute for Research in African-American Studies (IRAAS) at Columbia University. He is the author of Something Within: Religion in African-American Political Activism (Oxford University Press, 1999), which was awarded the V.O. Key Award for the Best Book on Southern Politics by the Southern Political Science Association, the Distinguished Book Award by the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, and the Best Book Award by the National Conference of Black Political Scientists.

He is also the author of Countervailing Forces which received the 2006 W.E.B. DuBois Book Award from the National Conference of Black Political Scientists and the 2007 Ralph Bunche Award for best book in ethnic and racial pluralism from the American Political Science Association.
Published articles include “It Takes a Tragedy to Arouse Them: Collective Memory and Collective Action during the Civil Rights Movement” in Social Movement Studies: Journal of Social, Cultural, and Political Protest, which was the co-recipient for the Mary Parker Follet Award for best article by the American Political Science Association’s section on Politics and History.

He is co-editor with Cathy Cohen of the Oxford University Press book series “Transgressing Boundaries: Studies in Black Politics and Black Communities” and is the co-principal investigator of a major pre-election race relations election poll with the ABC News Polling Unit in 2008.  Professor Harris has been a commentator for a variety of media outlets, including ABC’s Good Morning America and National Public Radio (NPR).

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