Cherise Harris

Cherise Harris

Associate Professor of Sociology
Chair of the Sociology Department

Joined Connecticut College: 2009

B.A., Seton Hall University
M.A., Ph.D., The University of Georgia


Race, class and gender

Marriage and the family

Social psychology

Cherise Harris teaches Introduction to Sociology; Race, Gender, and the Mass Media; Ethnic and Race Relations; Sociology of Inequality; Sociology of Racial Identity; and Middle Class Minorities. Her first book, "The Cosby Cohort: Blessings and Burdens of Growing Up Black Middle Class," was published in 2013 by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.

Cherise Harris Curriculum Vitae (pdf)

Cherise Harris joined the Connecticut College faculty in 2009 as an assistant professor of sociology.

She also has an edited volume in progress, What White People Think They Know (And Many People of Color Aren’t Totally Clear on Either): Questioning Conventional Wisdom About Race.

She was the inaugural recipient of the College's Helen Mulvey Faculty Award in 2012, presented to an assistant professor who regularly offers classes that challenge students to work harder than they thought they could and to reach unanticipated levels of academic achievement.

Some recent articles and book chapters by Harris include:

  • Harris, Cherise A. and Nikki Khanna. "Black Is, Black Ain't: Biracials, Middle-Class Blacks, and the Social Construction of Blackness." Sociological Spectrum 30: 1-32. 2010.
  • Khanna, Nikki and Cherise A. Harris. "Teaching Race as a Social Construct: Two Interactive Class Exercises." Teaching Sociology 37, 4: 369-378. 2009.
  • Harris, Cherise A. and Kerry Ann Rockquemore. "Multicultural Perspectives of Self and Racial/ Ethnic Identity." pages 243-278 in Adolescence: Development During a Global Era, edited by Margaret Beale Spencer, Dena Phillips Swanson, and Malik C. Edwards. 2010.

Some recent presentations include:

  • Harris, Cherise A. and Keisha Edwards Tassie. "Tyler Perry's Black Middle Class." The Annual Meetings of the Society for the Study of Social Problems, Atlanta, Georgia. 2010.
  • Harris, Cherise A. and Keisha Edwards Tassie. "Tyler Perry's Depiction of Middle-Class Blacks: A Sociological Perspective." The Annual Meetings of the Midwest Sociological Society, Chicago, Illinois. 2010.
  • Harris, Cherise A. and Nikki Khanna. "Black Is, Black Ain't: Biracials, Middle-Class Blacks, and the Meaning of 'The Black Community.' " The Annual Meetings of the American Sociological Association, San Francisco, California. 2009.
  • Harris, Cherise A. "Is Cultural Capital Always Positive?: Black Middle-Class Children and the Weight of Assimilation." The Annual Meetings of the Southern Sociological Society, Richmond, Virginia. 2008.

Cherise Harris has delivered invited lectures, including "The Love and Trouble Tradition: Black Male-Female Relationships" as the 2009 Keynote Speaker, Loyola University-Chicago, Chicago, Illinois.

Visit the sociology department website.

Majoring in Sociology.

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Cherise Harris
Connecticut College
Box #5373
270 Mohegan Ave.
New London, CT 06320


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