Columbia University

Faculty of Arts and Sciences


Fredrick Harris
Dean of Social Science

Fredrick Harris is Professor of Political Science and directs the Center on African-American Politics and Society.

Professor Harris's research interests include American politics with a focus on race and politics, political participation, social movements, religion and politics, political development, and African-American politics. His publications include Something Within: Religion in African-American Political Activism, which was awarded the V.O. Key Award by the Southern Political Science Association, the Best Book Award by the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, and the Best Book Award by the National Conference of Black Political Scientists. He is also the co-author of Countervailing Forces in African-American Civic Activism,1973-1994 with Valeria Sinclair-Chapman and Brian McKenzie, which received the W.E.B. DuBois Book Award from the National Conference of Black Political Scientists and the Ralph Bunche Award from the American Political Science Association for the best book on ethnic and cultural pluralism.

Articles include "The Macro Dynamics of Black Political Participation in the Post-Civil Rights Era" with Valeria Sinclair-Chapman and Brian McKenzie in the Journal of Politics and "It Takes a Tragedy to Arouse Them: Collective Memory and Collective Action during the Civil Rights Movement" in Social Movement Studies: Journal of Social, Cultural, and Political Protest. This article received the Mary Parker Follet Award for best article by the American Political Science Association's section on Politics and History. Professor Harris is co-editor with Cathy Cohen of the Oxford University Press book series "Transgressing Boundaries: Studies in Black Politics and Black Communities" and is the co-principal investigator of a major 2008 pre-election race relations poll with the ABC News Polling Unit. His essays have appeared in the Washington Post (Perspectives), The New York Times (Sunday Review), and the London Review of Books. He has appeared as a commentator for a variety of media outlets including Good Morning America, National Public Radio, CNN, and MSNBC.

Professor Harris's most recent books are The Price of the Ticket: Barack Obama and the Rise and Fall of Black Politics (2012), which is published by Oxford University Press, and, with Robert Lieberman, Beyond Discrimination: Racial Discrimination in a Post-Racist Era (2013), which is published by the Russell Sage Foundation. Professor Harris received the B.A. from the University of Georgia and the Ph.D. from Northwestern University. He has been a Visiting Scholar at the Russell Sage Foundation, a Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C., and is a recipient of the Lenfest Distinguished Faculty Award at Columbia.

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Jack Reilly
Director of Decanal Affairs



Jack Reilly is the Director of Decanal Affairs for the Division of Social Sciences in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Columbia University. He has over ten years of experience working in higher education. Prior to joining Arts and Sciences, Jack served in the development and alumni relations offices of The Fu Foundation School of Engineering & Applied Science at Columbia, where he held a variety of positions. He earned his B.A. in music with honors from Wesleyan University. 
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Margaret Edsall
Associate Vice President for Academic Planning

Phone: + 212 854 5922
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Eric Meyer
Administrative Coordinator

Phone:  +212 854 8908
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