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News Posted on September 10, 2018

In video interview, Professor Angela Harris recounts her path to a law career

Distinguished Professor of Law Emerita Angela P. Harris started college with the goal of becoming “the next great American novelist,” she tells her UC Davis colleague, Professor Jasmine Harris, in a video interview conducted on behalf of the UC Davis Emeriti Association’s Video Records Project.

The interview offers an oral history of Angela Harris’ life and career, starting with her youth in Yellow Springs, Ohio. She graduated from high school at 16, and from the University of Michigan three years later, with a bachelor’s degree in creative writing.

Then she tried being a novelist, she says in the video. “But I discovered it’s a cold, cruel world out there,” she adds with a laugh. She instead went to the University of Chicago, where she received a master’s degree in social science, then a J.D.

Angela Harris a professor emerita at UC Davis School of Law, where she was the Boochever and Bird Endowed Chair for the Study and Teaching of Freedom of Equality, as well as director of the Aoki Center for Critical Race and Nation Studies. One of the nation's foremost scholars in the fields of critical race theory, feminist legal theory, and civil rights, she joined the UC Davis faculty from UC Berkeley School of Law in 2011.