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, oral history, twentieth century urban culture, African American history, public history, and legal history.  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 Pedagogy Editor of the Oral History Review, Vice President of Oral History in the Mid-Atlantic Region, and a member of the Reacting to the Past Consortium Editorial Board.  Previously, she earned a graduate certificate from the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies in Portland, Maine.

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: The Power and Politics of Hurricane Sandy on the Jersey Shore, is forthcoming with Cornell University Press in 2018.

Perkiss can be reached at aperkiss@kean.edu. Click here to view her CV (updated 10/16).


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