Professor Fredrick Harris (2026–27)
Fredrick C. Harris is the Class of 1933 Professor of Political Science and former Dean of Faculty in the Social Sciences at Columbia University. His research interests are primarily in American politics, with a focus on race and politics, political participation, social movements, religion and politics, political development, and African-American politics.
Harris's most recent books are The Price of the Ticket: Barack Obama and the Rise and Decline of Black Politics (OUP, 2012) and, with Robert Lieberman, Beyond Discrimination: Racial Inequality in a Post-Racist Era (Russell Sage Foundation Press, 2013). His current research explores the history of Black political thought and will be published by Oxford University Press under the title Critical Thinkers: A Journey into the Public Ideas of Black Intellectuals. His other publications include Something Within: Religion in African American Political Activism (OUP, 2001) and, with Valeria Sinclair-Chapman and Brian D. McKenzie, Countervailing Forces in African-American Civic Activism, 1973-1994 (CUP, 2006). Harris’s essays have appeared in Dissent, the London Review of Books, The New York Times, Society, Souls, Transition, and the Washington Post.
Harris is co-editor, with Cathy Cohen, of the Oxford University Press book series ‘Transgressing Boundaries: Studies in Black Politics and Black Communities’. He is also the creator of the Dean’s Table podcast, which features the life and the scholarship of faculty in the social sciences at Columbia.