Michael Harris is an associate professor of art history at Emory University and also serves as the consulting curator for the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African American Art and Culture in Charlotte, NC. Previously, Harris was an associate professor of African and African-American art history at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for 11 years. In spring 2004, he served as the visiting professor of art at Dillard University in New Orleans, and has taught at Duke University, Georgia State University, Morehouse College and Wellesley College. He also served as the Consulting Curator for African American Art at the High Museum in Atlanta from 2005 to 2009.
He holds his MFA in painting from Howard University and a BS in education from Bowling Green State University. As an artist, Harris has exhibited nationally and internationally, is represented in public and private collections including those of David Driskell and the Hampton University Museum. He has been a member of AfriCOBRA since 1979.