Associate Professor of Sociology
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 joined the Connecticut College faculty in 2009 as an assistant professor of sociology.
Her first book, The Cosby Cohort: Blessings and Burdens of Growing Up Black Middle Class, is currently in press at Rowman & Littlefield Publishers and is due out in Spring 2013. 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 teaches the following courses at Connecticut College: Introduction to Sociology; Race, Gender, and the Mass Media; Ethnic and Race Relations; Sociology of Inequality; Sociology of Racial Identity; and Middle Class Minorities.
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 most recently "The Love and Trouble Tradition: Black Male-Female Relationships." as the 2009 Keynote Speaker, Loyola University- Chicago, Chicago, Illinois.