Honorary Degree Recipient
Melissa Harris-Perry, Ph.D.
For the manner in which you have directed your scholarship and teaching toward the meaningful analysis of gender, race, and politics in the United States;
For encouraging a critically reflective, multi-faceted, and creative approach to addressing the realities of racism, sexism, and classism in our culture;
For the quality of your scholarship as exhibited through several books, numerous articles in scholarly journals, prolific online and broadcast programming, and monthly magazine columns;
For hosting your television program on MSNBC, "The Melissa Harris-Perry Show" in which you invite the nation to engage in thoughtful discourse related to culture and politics;
For being an educator who asks us first to look more for what answers mean than for the answers, and that urges us to consider what kind of difference we can make in the world,
Eckerd College confers on Melissa V. Harris-Perry the Degree of Doctor of Humane Letters, Honoris Causa.