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Dr. Harris' research and teaching interests include the sociology of health and illness, race and ethnicity, gender and sexuality, sociology of religion, urban studies, media studies, and social movements. Dr. Harris' research program examines social problems and issues within minority communities, primarily focusing on the experiences of women, people of color, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer communities. More specifically, her research studies how these groups understand and construct health issues, and how they work to reduce health inequalities within their own communities.
Dr. Harris has authored the book AIDS, Sexuality, and the Black Church: Making the Wounded Whole and co-authored the writing reference book Writing for Emerging Sociologists along with numerous articles, chapters, encyclopedia entries, book reviews and grants. Currently, Dr. Harris is working on two projects, one examining healthy body weight among African American women in Milwaukee and the others exploring AIDS activism among African American women in the United States. Dr. Harris received her Ph.D. in Sociology from the Graduate Center, City University of New York.