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About Duchess Harris

I have been teaching at Macalester College since 1998 and teach Introduction to
African American Studies, Black Public Intellectuals, Race and the Law, Feminism and the
Law, and Poverty and the American Dream. I was awarded a Bush Leadership Fellowship in
the spring of 2009, allowing me to take an 18-month leave of absence from Macalester to
complete my law degree from William Mitchell College of Law.

EDUCATION: B.A., University of Pennsylvania, 1991; Ph.D., University of Minnesota; 1997 Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Minnesota Law School’s Institute on Race and Poverty 1998; Fellowship at the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs 1999; J.D. William Mitchell College of Law 2011.


Present Professor and Chair, American Studies, Macalester College


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  • Introduction to African American Studies
  • Race and the Law
  • Feminism and the Law
  • Contemporary Black Feminist Theory

Contact Information

Macalester College
Neill Hall, 109
1600 Grand Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105
(651) 696-6478

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