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Dana Michelle Harris

Visiting Instructor of Gender Studies

2023-2025 SUNY-PRODiG Fellow

Dana Michelle is the 2023-2025 SUNY-PRODiG Fellow in Gender Studies at Purchase College-SUNY, where she also teaches in the Sociology and Liberal Arts majors. Dana Michelle, as a non-traditional college student, earned a bachelor’s in psychology and master’s in counseling from Montclair State University. She worked in academic and student affairs for over a decade before completing her PhD at Rutgers University—New Brunswick. Dana Michelle’s research examines the intersections of gender, race, representation, equity, and justice. Additionally, she considers how European research traditions’ constructions decenters the lived experiences of Blackwomen, particularly in the unique ways they communicate with each other. More broadly, Dana Michelle’s interests lie in understanding the conditions that facilitate Blackwomen’s success in organizations by utilizing culturally appropriate research methodologies.


Hernández, E., & Harris, D. M. (2022). Racial trauma: Implications for student development. New Directions for Student Services, 2022(177), 95-103.  

Presentations / Conferences

Harris, D.M. (2022, November). Prototype or Protégé: Blackwomen’s Perceptions About the EdD and the PhD (Paper presentation). 47th Annual Meeting for the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE). Las Vegas, NV.

Harris, D.M. (2022, April). Same Game, Different Instructions: Blackwomen’s Perceptions About the Differences Between the EdD and PhD (Paper presentation). Rutgers University Graduate Diversity Symposium. New Brunswick, NJ.

Harris, D.M. (2022, April). For us, by us: Reflexivity Framework for Blackwomen (Paper presentation). Annual Meeting for American Educational Research Association (AERA). San Diego, CA.

Harris, D.M. (2020, May). I said what I said: Using culturally congruent data collection methods in qualitative research. Annual Meeting for the Critical Race Studies in Education Association Annual Conference (Paper Presentation) (CRSEA). Newark, Delaware.

Harris, D.M. (2019, October). Research like me: Using reflexivity and positionality in qualitative studies in postsecondary research. (Paper Presentation). Annual Black Doctoral Network (BDN) Conference. Newark, NJ.

Miele, A. & Harris, D.M. (2018, January). Working women go back to school: 10 things we’ve learned in the first year of a Ph.D. program (Workshop). Annual Excellence in Student Affairs Conference (ESAC). New Brunswick, NJ.

Harris, D.M. (2017, November). EdD or PhD: Black doctoral students program choice in education. (Poster). Annual Meeting for the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE), Houston, TX.

Harris, D.M. & Hernàndez, E. (2017, April). Doctoral pipeline: How Black and Latino graduate students choose graduate programs (Roundtable). Annual Harvard Graduate Student Research Conference, Cambridge, MA.