Donald Harris Wiki – Biography
Donald Harris (born Donald J. Harris) is a retired Economics Professor of Stanford University and the father of US Senator Kamala Harris.
He joined the Stanford faculty in 1972, coming from the University of Wisconsin (Madison) where he had been appointed tenured professor three years after graduating from the University of California (Berkeley). At Stanford, he was a leader in developing the new program in Alternative Approaches to Economic Analysis as a field of graduate study. For many years he also taught the popular undergraduate course Theory of Capitalist Development.
He took early retirement from Stanford in 1998 in order to pursue more actively and practically his long-standing interest, which originally motivated him to take up the study of economics, in developing public policies to promote economic growth and advance social equity.
He received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of London in 1960. Later he received a PhD from University of California, Berkeley. He has also held assistant professorships at the University of Illinois and Northwestern University, as well as an associate professor at the University of Wisconsin.
Donald Harris Age
Donald J. Harris in 1938 in Jamaica.
Donald J. Harris was married to his wife Shyamala Gopalan, a cancer researcher and a civil rights activist. Kamala and her sister Maya were raised primarily by her Hindu single mother.
Donald J. Harris and his wife Shyamala Gopalan had two daughters, Kamala Harris and Maya Harris. Shyamala Gopalan and Donald Harris divorced when Harris was aged 7.
Donald Harris is of Jamaica citizenship by birth, and the USA by naturalization.
Kamala Harris and Joe Biden
Harris is the Democratic vice presidential nominee for the 2020 election, running alongside former Vice President Joe Biden. Joe Biden tweeted: “I have the great honour to announce that I’ve picked @KamalaHarris — a fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the country’s finest public servants — as my running mate.
“Back when Kamala was Attorney General, she worked closely with Beau. I watched as they took on the big banks, lifted up working people, and protected women and kids from abuse. I was proud then, and I’m proud now to have her as my partner in this campaign.”
Harris tweeted: “@JoeBiden can unify the American people because he’s spent his life fighting for us. And as president, he’ll build an America that lives up to our ideals. I’m honoured to join him as our party’s nominee for Vice President, and do what it takes to make him our Commander-in-Chief.”
Former President Barack Obama said in a statement: “Choosing a vice president is the first important decision a president makes. When you’re in the Oval Office, weighing the toughest issues, and the choice you make will affect the lives and livelihoods of the entire country – you need someone with you who’s got the judgment and the character to make the right call. Someone whose focus goes beyond self-interest to consider the lives and prospects of others.
“Joe Biden nailed this decision. By choosing Senator Kamala Harris as America’s next vice president, he’s underscored his own judgment and character. Reality shows us that these attributes are not optional in a president. They’re requirements of the job. And now Joe has an ideal partner to help him tackle the very real challenges America faces right now and in the years ahead.
“I’ve known Senator Harris for a long time. She is more than prepared for the job. She’s spent her career defending our Constitution and fighting for folks who need a fair shake. Her own life story is one that I and so many others can see ourselves in: a story that says that no matter where you come from, what you look like, how you worship, or who you love, there’s a place for you here. It’s a fundamentally American perspective, one that’s led us out of the hardest times before. And it’s a perspective we can all rally behind right now.
“Michelle and I couldn’t be more thrilled for Kamala, Doug, Cole, and Ella. This is a good day for our country. Now let’s go win this thing.”