Laurel Harrish Photography

Laurel Harrish Photography

Abigail Perkiss is an Assistant Professor of History at Kean University in Union, NJ. Her first book, Making Good Neighbors: Civil Rights, Liberalism, and Integration in Postwar Philadelphia (Cornell University Press, 2014), examines the creation of intentionally integrated neighborhoods in the latter half of the twentieth century.

Perkiss completed a joint J.D./Ph.D. in U.S. history at Temple University. She is the co-editor of the Oral History Review, and vice president of Oral History in the Mid-Atlantic Region. Previously, she earned a graduate certificate from the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies in Portland, Maine and an AB in sociology and creative writing from Bryn Mawr College.

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. An outgrowth of the project, Staring out to Sea: Hurricane Sandy on New Jersey’s Forgotten Shore, is forthcoming with Cornell University Press in 2020.

Perkiss can be reached at aperkiss@kean.edu.

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