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Robert Lee Harris,, American history professor. National Endowment of the Humanities fellow, 1974-1975, Ford Foundation fellow, 1983-1984; W.E.B. DuBois Institute fellow Harvard University, 1983-1984; Rockefeller Humanities fellow State University of New York, Buffalo, 1991-1992.


Harris,, Robert Lee was born on April 23, 1943 in Chicago, Illinois, United States. Son of Robert L. Senior and Ruby L. (Watkins) Harris.


Bachelor, Roosevelt University, 1966. Master of Arts, Roosevelt University, 1968. Doctor of Philosophy, Northwestern University, 1974.


Teacher 6th grade St. Rita Elementary School, Chicago, 1965-1968. Instructor Miles College, Birmingham, Alabama, 1968-1969. Assistant professor University Illinois, Urbana, 1972-1975, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, 1975-1982, associate professor history, 1982—2004, director Africana studies, 1986-1991, vice provost, since 2000, professor, since 2004.

Member technical advisory committee Graduate Record Examination, Princeton, New Jersey, 1988-1994. Consultant Cicada Films, New York City, 1988-1989, Cincinnati Public School System, 1990-1991. Chair advisory committee for United States history Council for International Exchange of Scholars, Washington, 1992-1994.

Member New York State advisory committee United States Commission on Civil Rights, 1999-2002.



Board directors New York Council Humanities, New York City, 1983-1987. Trustee DeWitt History Society, Ithaca, 1994-1999. Board trustees National History Center, since 2006.

Member American History Association (life, chairman program committee 1995), Association Study Afro-American Life and History (life, president 1991-1992), National History Center (board trustees since 2007), Organization American Historians (life, chair committee on minority history and historians 1999)), Society History of Education (board directors since 1996), Alpha Phi Alpha (national historian since 1999).


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: music, gardening, jogging, basketball.


Married Anita B. Campbell, November 14, 1964. Children: Lisa M., Leslie S., Lauren Y.

Robert L. Senior Harris,

Ruby L. (Watkins) Harris,

Anita B. Campbell

Lisa M. Harris,

Leslie S. Harris,

Lauren Y. Harris,