About Lori L. Tharps

Lori L. Tharps aka “Ms. Meltingpot”

Lori L. Tharps is an assistant 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 two critically acclaimed non-fiction books, Hair Story: Untangling the Roots of Black Hair in America (St. Martin’s) and Kinky Gazpacho: Life, Love & Spain (Atria). Her first novel, Substitute Me (Atria) was released in 2010.

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