Jasmine L. Harris, Ph.D.

Ursinus College Department of Anthropology & Sociology

221 Bomberger Hall





  • 2013 PhD Sociology, University of Minnesota

    • Dissertation: The Negotiators: Black Professional Women, Success, and the Management of Competing Identities

    • Committee: Phyllis Moen (advisor, McKnight Presidential Endowed Chair), Enid Logan, Rose Brewer (African American/African Studies Department), Amy Sheldon (Linguistics Department)

  • 2006 M.S. Public Communications, Syracuse University

  • 2005 B.A. Sociology (Women’s Studies minor), Vassar College


  • 2017 PCLA/Arthur Vining Davis Teaching and Learning Award, “Learning to Map Spaces of Belonging on a Liberal Arts Campus.” $15,000

  • 2016 U-Imagine Center for Integrative and Entrepreneurial Studies Faculty Innovators Grant, Ursinus College $2,500

  • 2015 Teaching and Learning Institute Grant for Pedagogical Innovation, Ursinus College $500

  • 2015 Teaching and Learning Institute Grant for Pedagogical Innovation, Ursinus College $350

  • 2014 Community Engagement mini-grant, Ursinus College $300

  • 2013 Institute of Public Engagement Mini-grant, Wake Forest University $1,000

  • 2013 ACE Fellowship Award, Institute of Public Engagement, Wake Forest University $2,500

  • 2012 Augustana College Diversity Dissertation Fellowship $35,000

  • 2012 University of Minnesota CLA Graduate Research Partnership Program (GRPP) Fellowship $10,000

  • 2008 University of Minnesota Departmental Merit Fellowship $33,000


Forthcoming Publications

  • 2020 Harris, Jasmine. “Book Review: Brown Beauty.” Journal of American Ethnic History.

  • 2020 Harris, Jasmine L. “Inheriting Educational Capital: Black College Students, Non-Belonging, and Ignored Legacies at Predominantly White Institutions.” Women’s Studies Quarterly

  • 2019 Harris, Jasmine L. “Podcast Talk and Public Sociology: Teaching Critical Race Discourse Participation through Podcast Production. About Campus

  • 2019 Harris, Jasmine L. “Black Women Talking: Using Language to Develop Bonds between Black Women During Interview Data Collection.” Michigan Sociological Review


  • 2019 Harris, Jasmine. “Operation Varsity Blues, White Belonging in College and the Increasing Significance of Class.” The Griot, Association of Black Sociologists Newsletter.

  • 2018 Harris, Jasmine. “Uncomfortable Learning: Teaching Race through Discomfort” in Difficult Subjects: Radical Teaching in the Neoliberal University, eds. Badia Ahad and Oiyan Poon.

  • 2017 Harris, Jasmine. “The (Black) Professor: Double-Consciousness, Whiteface Performance, and the Academic Minstrel” in Reflections on Academic Lives: Identities, Struggles, and Triumphs in Graduate School and Beyond, eds. Staci Zavattaro and Shannon Orr (New York: Palgrave Macmillan).

  • 2013 Harris-LaMothe, Jasmine. (2013). On the Right Track: Black Professional Women, Cultural Tracking and Success (Doctoral Dissertation) Available from ProQuest Dissertations and Theses database.

Under Review

  • 2019 Harris, Jasmine L. “‘It’s not like that for me’: The Construction of Belonging, Campus Culture, and Space for Black Students on a Predominantly White Campus.” Sociology of Race and Ethnicity.

  • 2019 Harris, Jasmine L. “A Numbers Game: Black Women's Engagement in Hook-up Culture, Perceptions of Available Partners, and Potential for STI Diagnosis at a Predominantly White College” Sociological Inquiry


  • 2019 Harris, Jasmine. April 5, 2019. “In the name of “amateurism” college athletes make money for everyone except themselves.” The Conversation.

  • 2018 Harris, Jasmine. December 20, 2018. “How big bonuses for winning coaches became a tradition in college football.” The Conversation.

  • 2018 Cooper, Joseph, and Jasmine Harris. November 2, 2018. “DJ Durkin’s firing won’t solve college football’s deepest problems.” The Conversation.

  • 2018 Harris, Jasmine. October 9, 2018. “It’s naïve to think college athletes have time for school.” The Conversation.

  • 2018 Harris, Jasmine. May 11, 2018. “The Emotional, Uncomfortable Classroom.” Inside Higher Education, Conditionally Accepted.

  • 2017 Harris, Jasmine. December 12, 2017. “Trending Tuesday.” Today with Dr. Kay. Baltimore Public Radio

  • 2017 Harris, Jasmine. December 8, 2017. “Gender, perception and call-out culture in sexual assault allegation.” Minnesota Public Radio News with Kerri Miller – SPECIAL EDITION.

  • 2017 Harris, Jasmine. November 17, 2017. “Surviving Institutional Racism in the Academy.” Inside Higher Education, Conditionally Accepted.

  • 2017 Harris, Jasmine. October 10, 2017. “Fenty Beauty, Dove and colorism in the cosmetics industry.” Minnesota Public Radio News with Kerri Miller. https://www.mprnews.org/listen?name=/minnesota/podcasts/kerrimiller/2017/10/10colorism_cosmetics_20171010_64.mp3 Retrieved October 13, 2017.

  • 2012 Harris-LaMothe, Jasmine L. “This Issue of Hair,” Litt Magazine. September 7, 2012.

  • 2012 Harris-LaMothe, Jasmine L. “Why We Should Care About Gabby Douglas’ Hair,” Minneapolis Star Tribune, August 7, 2012.

  • 2010 Harris, Jasmine L. “Are You Cool?” TheSocietyPages.org. http://thesocietypages.org/teaching/2010/04/22/are-you-cool/


  • Aug. 14 – present Assistant Professor, Sociology and Anthropology, Ursinus College, Courses Taught:

    • Social Entrepreneurship and Social Change (Spring 2017)

    • Sex, Gender, and the Politics of Bodies in American Society (Fall 2016, Fall 2018)

    • Contemporary Social Issues (Fall 2014, Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Fall 2016, Fall 2017)

    • African-American Experiences (Fall 2014, Fall 2016, Fall 2018)

    • Research Methods (Spring 2015, Spring 2016, Spring 2017)

    • Sociology of Sport (Fall 2015, Fall 2017)

    • Race and Ethnic Relations (Fall 2015, Fall 2017)

    • Common Intellectual Experiences (CIE) (Spring 2016, Spring 2018)

    • Senior Seminar (Spring 2018)

  • July 13 – May 14 Visiting Assistant Professor, Sociology, Wake Forest University, Courses Taught:

    • Principles of Sociology (Fall 2013, Spring 2014)

    • Social Problems (Fall 2013)

    • Race and Ethnic Relations (Spring 2014)

  • Sep. 12 – May 13 Contributing Writer, Litt Magazine

  • Aug. 12 – May 13 Instructor, Sociology, Augustana College, Courses Taught:

    • Introduction to Sociology (Fall 2012, Winter 2012)

    • Men and Women in Society (Spring 213)

  • Nov. 11 – Aug. 12 Academic Director, Beyond Walls: Twin Cities Urban Squash

  • July 10 – June 12 Instructor, Sociology; Communications, Rasmussen College, Courses Taught:

    • Introduction to Sociology (Summer 2010, Fall 2011, Winter 2011, Spring 2012)

    • Introduction to Communications (Summer 2010, Spring 2012)

    • Business Communications (Spring 2012)

    • Work and Family (Spring 2012)

  • Sep. 09 – May 12 Teaching Assistant, Sociology, University of Minnesota, Courses TA’d:

    • Introduction to Sociology (Fall 2009, Spring 2010)

    • Basic Social Statistics (Fall 2010, Spring 2011, Summer 2011)

    • Race, Class, and Gender (Summer 2010)

    • Deviant Behavior (Spring 2012)

  • Sep. 11 – Dec. 11 Instructor, Sociology, University of Minnesota, Courses Taught:

    • Introduction to Sociology (Fall 2011)

  • Jan. 09 – May 09 Research Assistant, Compon Project, University of Minnesota

  • Sep. 08 – Dec. 08 Research, Assistant, Mosiac Project, University of Minnesota


  • 2019 Harris, Jasmine L. “No Space Left Behind: Marginalized Identity, Belonging, and Mental Wellness at a PWI.” Presented at the Eastern Sociological Society Annual Meeting, Boston, MA.

  • 2018 Harris, Jasmine L. “Uncomfortable Learning, Uncomfortable Teaching: Power, Pedagogy, and White Supremacy in the Trump-era Classroom.” Presented at the Southern Sociological Society Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA.

  • 2017 Harris, Jasmine L. “Sex Games: Sexual Health, College Hook-Up Culture, and the Ideological Construction of Risk.” Presented at the Association of Black Sociologists Annual Meeting, Montreal, Canada.

  • 2017 Harris, Jasmine L. “Encouraging Entrepreneurship in Communities of Color.” U.S. Bank sponsored panel participation, Minneapolis, MN.

  • 2016 Harris, Jasmine L. “The (Black) Professor: Double-Consciousness, Whiteface Performance, and the Academic Minstrel.” Presented in Public Administration Graduate Seminar, University of Central Florida.

  • 2016 Harris, Jasmine L. and Talia Argondezzi. “Community Engagement in Your Course.” Presented at Teaching and Learning Institute Workshop, Ursinus College

  • 2016 Harris, Jasmine L. “Race in America: Intersections of Poverty, Space, and Violence.” Presented at American Studies Exchange Program, Ursinus College.

  • 2016 Harris, Jasmine L. “‘Americaness’ Abroad: How our ideas about race, class, and gender may be challenged in international cultures.” Presented at Study Abroad Prep Seminar, Ursinus College.

  • 2015 Harris, Jasmine L., Sheryl Goodman, Akshaye Dhawan, and Giovanna Steyaert. “Uncomfortable Learning: Talking about Race, Gender, and Sexual Orientation in Our Classes.” Presented at Teaching and Learning Institute Workshop, Ursinus College.

  • 2015 Harris, Jasmine L. “Sex and Consequences: Sexual Health Practices by Race and Gender at a Predominately White Liberal Arts College.” Presented in Sexualities Roundtable section at 2015 American Sociological Association Meeting, Chicago, IL.

  • 2013 Harris-LaMothe, Jasmine L. “On the Right Track: Black Professional Women, Cultural Tracking and Success.” Presented at Sociology Colloquium, Agnes Scott College.

  • 2012 Harris-LaMothe, Jasmine L. “Developing Research Questions: How I Moved From Personal Interest to Dissertation Topic.” Presented at Augustana College, Research Methods Senior Inquiry.

  • 2011 Harris-LaMothe, Jasmine L. “Who is Black: Race and Space at the University of Minnesota.” Presented at 2011 Young Black Scholars Series, University of Minnesota.

  • 2011 Harris-LaMothe, Jasmine L. “Ethnic Tensions among Graduate Students at the University of Minnesota,” Blog Talk Radio, interviewed by Bruce Horowitz.

  • 2010 Harris-LaMothe, Jasmine L. “From Perversion to Pinup: How Changing Attitudes About Lesbianism Have Played Out in Advertisements.” Presented in Media Sociology section at 2010 American Sociological Association Annual Meeting.


2019 Teaching and Learning Institute Advisory Board, Ursinus College

2018 Crigler Bridge Program Faculty

2017 – present Lead Recruiter on behalf of the college, Institute on Teaching and Mentoring

2014 - 2016 Ursinus College Diversity Committee

2012 - 2013 Faculty Advisor, Multicultural Women’s Empowerment Group (SOUL), Augustana College

2010 - 2011 Executive Board Member, Black Graduate and Professional Students Association (BGAPSA)

2010 - 2011 Co-chair, College of Liberal Arts Delegation, Committee of Graduate Students (COGS), University of Minnesota Chapter


American Sociological Association

Eastern Sociological Society

Association of Black Sociologists