Dr . Paisley Harris is Associate Professor of History and Women's Studies at UW-Fond du Lac.
She holds a B.A from Macalester College, a J.D. from University of Washington and a M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in History.
Dr. Harris joined the UW-Fond du Lac faculty in the fall of 2002. Her teaching and research interests include women's history, African American history, cultural and legal history.
She is currently working on research on the early twentieth century women's tent show blues and the performance of race in early twentieth century traveling shows, focusing on the career of blues singer Ma Rainey. For her next scholarly project, she hopes to undertake a project researching the social and legal history of the series of Supreme Court cases in which the US Supreme Court finally ruled that sex discrimination was a violation of the 14th Amendment's Equal Protection Clause in 1971 after a hundred years of ruling that sex discrimination was perfectly legal and Constitutional. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Pauli Murray and other feminist legal scholars were responsible for the legal theories behind this historic, monumental, and seldom discussed change.
Harris is also active in shared governance in the UW-Colleges, the UW Colleges History Department and on the UW-FDL campus, as well as in the Fond du Lac Community. She is a board member of the Fond du Lac Area Women's Fund and Education Subcommittee and faculty representative to the UW-Fond du Lac Foundation. She was also a founding member of HEDIT, the Higher Education Diversity Initiative Team which won the 2012 Spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King Award. She served on HEDIT for many years. She is also an active member of the Open Circle Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, serving in various volunteer and leadership roles.