About Lori L. Tharps

Lori L. Tharps aka “Ms. Meltingpot”

Lori L. Tharps is an associate professor of journalism at Temple University, an author and a mom. Originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, she now makes her home in Philadelphia. Besides Milwaukee and Philadelphia, Tharps has also lived in Brooklyn, NY, Northampton, MA, Salamanca, Spain and Casablanca, Morocco.

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.

For more information about Tharps, her writing and/or her professional work, including speaking engagements, please visit her personal website at LoriTharps.com.