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Dr. Harris' research and teaching interests include the sociology of health and illness, race and ethnicity, gender and sexuality, sociology of religion, urban studies, media studies, and social movements. Dr. Harris' research program examines social problems and issues within minority communities, primarily focusing on the experiences of women, people of color, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer communities.
Along with numerous articles, book chapters, encyclopedia entries, book reviews, and grants, Dr. Harris has authored the book AIDS, Sexuality, and the Black Church: Making the Wounded Whole and co-authored the writing reference book Writing for Emerging Sociologists.