Melanye Price (’95) is Endowed Professor of Political Science at Prairie View A&M University and principal investigator for their African American Studies Initiative, which is funded by the Mellon Foundation. Dr. Price was recently named inaugural director of The Ruth J. Simmons Center for Race and Justice. Price is the author of two books: The Race Whisperer: Barack Obama and the Political Uses of Race (NYU, 2016) and Dreaming Blackness: Black Nationalism and African American Public Opinion (NYU, 2009).
Dr. Price completed her B.A. magna cum laude in geography at Prairie View A&M University and her MA and PhD in political science at The Ohio State University. Price was the 2017 Black History Month lecturer for US Embassy in Germany where she lectured at universities and community organizations in across the country. Professor Price was one of the contributors to Stanley Nelson’s documentary, Obama: Through the Fire, which aired on BET. She is a regular contributor for The New York Times Opinion section and has also done political commentary for CNN, Ms. Magazine, Hartford Courant, Vox, Pacifica and Houston, New York City and CT Public Radio.