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Sheena Harris

Sheena Harris is from Pompano Beach, Florida. She joined the United States Army Reserves in 2000 and deployed to Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003. She earned her BS in Political Science and Master’s of Applied Social Science in History at Florida A&M University. She went on to earn her doctorate in African American History from The University of Memphis. Upon graduation, she joined the History Department at Austin Peay State University in Clarkesville, TN, where she spent most of her time teaching abroad in Central America and Senegal, West Africa. In 2014, Sheena accepted a position at Tuskegee University as an Assistant Professor of History. She is currently in the final stages of her book on the life of Margaret Murray Washington—the 3rd wife of Booker T. Washington. She recently published in a collective work, Real Sister, where she explored the history of black women from Sarah Baartman to reality television. She has published works on Margaret Washington, women in the public sphere, and education in Mt. Meigs, Alabama. In addition to teaching and writing, Sheena is also an administrator. She is the Interim Director of Student Engagement Initiatives and the coordinator of the University-Wide Honors Program. She also recently started a mentoring program called YEP (Youth Empowerment Program), which helps struggling teens with SAT/ACT prep.