College of Architecture + The Arts

Florida International University
College of Architecture + The Arts

Modesto A. Maidique Campus
Paul L. Cejas School of Architecture Building
11200 SW 8th Street Miami, Florida 33199


Congratulations to Lori L. Tharps, Kopenhaver Center Fellow

In 2018, she wrote with Olympic fencer, Ibtihaj Muhammad, and it came out to great reviews.   She also launched a biweekly podcast, My American Meltingpot. The podcast provides a mix of stories about pop culture, parenting and identity politics, all from a multicultural perspective.

Lori L. Tharps is a content creator whose work lands at the intersection of race and popular culture. A public intellectual, Tharps strives to use her words to broaden the conversation about race in America; to challenge racial stereotypes; to dismantle white supremacy; and to celebrate ethnic and cultural diversity whenever possible.

An associate professor of journalism at Temple University, Tharps is also an award-winning author and a mother of three. Originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, she now makes her home in Philadelphia.

Tharps is the author of three critically acclaimed non-fiction books that deal with race, culture and identity; Hair Story: Untangling the Roots of Black Hair in America (St. Martin’s), Kinky Gazpacho: Life, Love & Spain (Atria), and her most recent, Same Family Different Colors: Confronting Colorism in America’s Diverse Families (Beacon).

Tharps is also the author of the novel, Substitute Me (Atria), which explores the complicated relationship between a young White professional woman and her African-American nanny who is not exactly what she seems.

If you want to know more about Tharps’ writing and/or her professional work, including speaking engagements, please visit her personal website at



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