Leslie M. Harris is Professor of History at Northwestern University. She received her undergraduate degree from Columbia University and her doctoral degree from Stanford University. Dr. Harris is the author or co-editor of three award-winning books: In the Shadow of Slavery: African Americans in New York City, 1626-1863; co-editor with Ira Berlin of Slavery in New York; which accompanied the groundbreaking New-York Historical Society exhibition of the same name; and Slavery and Freedom in Savannahco-edited with Daina Ramey Berry. She co-founded and co-directed the Transforming Community Project (TCP) at Emory University. Dr. Harris is currently working on a book on late-twentieth century New Orleans, entitled Leaving New Orleans: A Personal Urban History, and co-edited volumes on slavery and the university; and slavery and sexuality.