Leslie M. Harris

Leslie M. Harris is associate professor of history and African American Studies at Emory University.  Her first book, In the Shadow of Slavery:  African Americans in New York City, 1626-1863,  (University of Chicago Press, 2003), was awarded the 2003 Wesley-Logan Prize for African Diaspora History, American Historical Association and Association for the Study of African-American Life and History, among other honors.  She co-edited, with Ira Berlin, Slavery in New York (The New Press, 2005) which accompanied the ground-breaking New-York Historical Society exhibit of the same name.  At Emory, Harris has served as chair of the Department of African American Studies.  She is also co-founder and director of the Transforming Community Project (http://transform.emory.edu), which uses history to help communities understand the meaning of diversity in their present-day lives.  The Transforming Community Project has received two grants from the Ford Foundation's Difficult Dialogues Initiative.
Leslie is currently at work on book about late-twentieth century New Orleans.


Atlanta, GA



Emory University

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