Rosalind Harris holds a B.S. in Tropical
Agriculture and an M.P.H. in Environmental Health from the University of
Hawaii. She holds a Ph.D. in Rural Sociology from the Pennsylvania
State University. Dr. Harris joined the faculty of the University of
Kentucky in 1990. She currently holds joint appointments in the
Departments of Community and Leadership Development and Sociology.
Dr. Harris draws heavily on feminist and postcolonial theorizing and her own experiences as a community organizer in distressed communities to study rural and regional inequality in the U.S. and internationally. She offers courses in globalization and global inequality, gender inequality and globalization and qualitative research methods.
Dr. Harris is currently working with grassroots organizations and universities that are working in partnership in order to more effectively address persistent poverty and its consequences within the Black Belt South. The Black Belt reflects the historical legacies of the plantation-slave economy and is the largest expanse of poverty within the U.S. In this work her scholarship draws heavily upon the emerging fields of public sociology and public scholarship.