LaShawn D. Harris

Position: Associate Professor
Field: 20th Century, Cultural, Labor and Working Class, Social, Urban, Women & Gender
Region: United States

Office: 160C Old Horticulture
Office Hours: Wednesday 10:00-12:00 and by appointment
Phone: (517) 884-4879


2007 Ph.D. Howard University

Selected Publications:

Sex Workers, Psychics, and Numbers Runners: Black Women in New York City’s Underground Economy, (University of Illinois Press 2016)

  • 2017 Darlene Clark Hine Book Prize, (Best Book in African American Women’s and Gender History) Organization of American Historians
  • 2017 Philip Taft Book Award (Best Book in American Labor & Working-Class History), The Labor and Working-Class History Association (LAWCHA) & Cornell University School of Industrial & Labor Relations

“Beyond the Shooting: Eleanor Gray Bumpurs, Identity Erasure & Family Activism against Police Violence” Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture and Society, Vol. 20, No. 1, (January-March 2018): 86-109, (2019) Carol Gold Best Article Award (Coordinating Council for Women in History)

“‘Women and Girls in Jeopardy by His False Testimony:’ Charles Dancy, Urban Policing, and Black Women in New York City during the 1920s” Journal of Urban History, Vol. 44, Issue 3, (2018): 457-475

“‘The Commonwealth of Virginia vs. Virginia Christian’: Southern Black Women, Crime & Punishment in Progressive Era Virginia”  Journal of Social History, Vol. 47, Issue 4, (Summer 2014) 2015 Winner of the Letitia Woods Brown Article Prize sponsored by the Association of Black Women Historians (ABWH)

“Marvel Cooke: Investigative Journalist, Communist & Black Radical Subject” Journal for the Study of Radicalism, Vol. 6, No. 2,  (Fall 2012): 91-126

“Dream Books, Crystal Balls, and “Lucky Numbers”: African American Female Spiritual Mediums in Harlem, 1900-1945.” Journal of Afro-Americans in New York Life and History, Vol. 35, Issue 1, (January 2011): 1-30

“Running with the Reds: African American Women and the Communist Party during the Great Depression.” Journal of African American History, Vol. 94, No. 1 (Winter 2009): 21-40

“Madame Queen of Policy:  Madame Stephanie St. Clair and African American Women’s Participation in Harlem’s Informal Economy,” Black Women, Gender & Families, Vol. 2 No. 2, (Fall 2008): 53-76


  • HST 201: Historical Research & Skills
  • HST 203: United States History Since 1877
  • HST 310: African American History Before 1877
  • HST 312: Black Women’s History
  • HST 480: Black Women; Urban Black America
  • IAH 201: United States & The World
  • IAH 211C: African Diaspora / African American Experience
  • ISS 335: National Diversity / African American Experience