Professor Duchess Harris was a Mellon Mays Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania. She graduated in 1991 with a degree in American History. Six years later, she earned a Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Minnesota. She did postdoctoral fellowships at the Institute on Race and Poverty at the University of Minnesota Law School and at the Womanist Studies Consortium at the University of Georgia. In 1998, Harris joined the faculty at Macalester College. She earned a Juris Doctorate in January 2011, and has an expertise in Civil Rights Law. She is also the proud curator of the Duchess Harris Collection, which has more than 40 books written for 3-12 graders.
Professor Harris is a scholar of Contemporary African American History and Political Theory. Her academic books include, Racially Writing the Republic: Racists, Race Rebels, and Transformations of American Identity, (2009), Black Feminist Politics from Kennedy to Clinton, (2009), Black Feminist Politics from Kennedy to Obama, (2011), and Black Feminist Politics from Kennedy to Trump.
Nancy Carlson is the author and illustrator of over 6o picture books including best sellers I Like Me and Look Out Kindergarten Here I Come. Nancy graduated from The Minneapolis College of Art and Design with a degree in printmaking. When she is not drawing or writing, you can find her up in northern Minnesota hiking or playing with her two granddaughters Charlotte and Lilly. Nancy has been doing a doodle a day since 2009 and posting it each day on her website nancycarlson.com, Twitter at Drawstuff and on Facebook.
John Coy is the author of young adult novels, the 4 for 4 middle-grade series, and numerous picture books. His most recent books are Their Great Gift about immigration and Gap Life, a YA novel. John has received numerous awards for his work including a Marion Vannett Ridgway Award, a Charlotte Zolotow Honor, Bank Street College Best Book of the Year, and the Burr/Warzalla Award for Distinguished Achievement in Children’s Literature. He lives in Minneapolis and visits schools around the world.