The Anna Julia Cooper Project

Newcomb College Institute is proud to support the development of The Anna Julia Cooper Project on Gender, Race and Politics in the South, led by founding director and Professor of Political Science Melissa Harris-Perry. The project investigates how gender and race intersect to shape women’s politics in the South. Plans include the initiation of a visiting scholar program, a postdoctoral program, student media projects, an endowed lecture series, and the development of a journal.

Upcoming Events

The Inaugural Anna Julia Cooper Lecture Featuring Karla Holloway: “When Race Matters: Private Bodies, Public Texts”

Join the Anna Julia Cooper Project on Gender, Race and Politics in the South for our inaugural Anna Julia Cooper lecture, featuring Duke University’s Professor of English and Law Karla Holloway. Holloway will discuss her new book, Private Bodies, Public Texts: Race, Gender and a Cultural Bioethics (Duke University Press, 2011), an exploration of the complex interlocking systems of race, gender, law and medicine that includes a discussion of the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Thursday, February 23rd at 7pm in the Kendall Cram Room of the LBC


Melissa Harris-Perry

Founding Director
melissa harris-perryMelissa V. Harris-Perry is professor of political science at Tulane University, where she is founding director of the Anna Julia Cooper Project on Gender, Race, and Politics in the South. She previously served on the faculties of the University of Chicago and Princeton University. Her academic research is inspired by a desire to investigate the challenges facing contemporary black Americans and to better understand the multiple, creative ways that African Americans respond to these challenges. She is also an award winning author and appears regularly on MSNBC and other media venues.

Sara Kugler

Research Intern
Sara KuglerSara Kugler is a senior Latin American studies major at Tulane University, where she studies race, gender and models of equity across the Americas. Her research has focused on the approach of the Cuban Revolution to eliminating racism and its implications for racial equity in the country. Originally from Silver Spring, Maryland, Sara is now a proud resident of New Orleans. In addition to working with the Anna Julia Cooper Project, she also is involved with the organization Voice of the Ex-Offender (VOTE).