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Laurel Harrish Photography

Laurel Harrish Photography

Abigail Perkiss is an Assistant Professor of History at Kean University in Union, NJ. She is broadly trained in U.S. history, twentieth century urban culture, African American history, oral history, public history, and legal history.  Her research centers on the history of race, ethnicity, and urban identity in post-WWII American cities, and has been guided by questions of identity creation, community cohesion, and historical memory.  Her first book, Making Good Neighbors: Civil Rights, Liberalism, and Integration in Postwar Philadelphia, examines the creation of intentionally integrated neighborhoods in the latter half of the twentieth century.

Perkiss completed her J.D. and Ph.D. in U.S. history at Temple University in Philadelphia. She is a barred attorney in the state of Pennsylvania, a fellow at the Kean Center for History, Politics, and Policy, and a regular contributor to Constitution Daily, the official blog of the National Constitution Center.  Previously, she earned a graduate certificate in creative nonfiction writing at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies in Portland, Maine, and graduated magna cum laude from Bryn Mawr College with an AB in sociology and a minor in creative writing.

She is currently directing Staring out to Sea: The Story of Superstorm Sandy in Three Bayshore Communities, an oral history project documenting the impact and aftermath of Hurricane Sandy in three neighborhoods along the Sandy Hook Bay.

Perkiss can be reached at aperkiss@kean.edu.

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