Melissa Harris-Perry is a writer, professor, television host, and political commentator with a focus on African-American politics.
Harris-Perry hosts the Melissa Harris-Perry weekend news and opinion television show on MSNBC. She is also a regular fill-in host on The Rachel Maddow Show as well as a professor of political science at Tulane University, where she is the founding director of the Anna Julia Cooper Project on Gender, Race, and Politics in the South. Prior to this, she taught at Princeton University and the University of Chicago. She is also a regular columnist for the magazine The Nation, and the author of Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America.
Melissa Harris-Perry was associate professor at the Center for African American Studies at Princeton University and left in 2011 after being denied a full professorship because of “questions about her work and an assessment of where she is” in her career. Currently she is Professor of Political Science at Tulane University. MSNBC announced on January 5, 2012 that Harris-Perry would host her own weekend show, which began airing on February 18, 2012.
Melissa Harris-Perry has been both lauded and criticized by numerous political commentators for statements she has made on her program—including those related to collective parenting, the Guantanamo Bay detention camp, and abortion.
Melissa Harris-Perry apologized for a “photos of the year” segment that aired on her program on December 28, 2013. Harris-Perry and a panel of comedians had made several jokes about a family picture featuring former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s family, including his adopted black grandson.
How Melissa Harris-Perry Made Her Money – Writer, Professor and Political Commentator
Estimated Net Worth: $4 Million
Birthday: October 2, 1973