Dr. Melanie L. Harris is Associate Professor of Religion and Ethics at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas where she teaches in the areas of Christian Social Ethics, Womanist Religious Thought, African American Literature and Religion, and Media and Religion. Author of the book Gifts of Virtue: Alice Walker and Womanist Ethics. Dr. Harris’s scholarship provides insight into ethical theory and by uplifting the moral practices and values of women. A former broadcast journalist, Dr. Harris worked as a television news producer and news writer for ABC, CBS and NBC news affiliates in Atlanta and Denver. She combines her experience in communications to lead workshops on church leadership and spiritual direction, and facilitates consultations engaging race, religion and pedagogy. An accomplished singer, Dr. Harris uses her classical vocal training to promote, multi-faith dialogue, compassion, peace and justice and preaches throughout the country as an ordained minister in the African Methodist Episcopal Church. Dr. Harris received her Doctor of Philosophy degree and Master’s of Philosophy degree from Union Theological Seminary in New York City. She holds a Masters of Divinity degree from Iliff School of theology in Denver, Colorado and a Bachelors of Arts degree from Spelman College in Atlanta, GA.