In Perkiss’ classes, she guides students through thinking about the processes of change-making, the evolution of ideas and actions, and the ways in which context, perspective, and evidence shape our understanding of the human predicament. She asks them to look at history as a series of deliberate decisions by individuals and the intended and unintended consequences that emerge as a result of those decisions. She wants students to leave each semester with an understanding that the world in which they live was not a naturally occurring enterprise. In her classes, to study history is to recognize that the present was not an inevitability.

Teaching in the News

Students Delve into History of Pandemics and COVID-19 Experiences, March 30, 2021

Black History Makes Students Become Authors, Kean Tower, March 1, 2018

Kean Professor Collaborates with Hip H’Opera on Oral History Project, September 18, 2017

The Un/Sung Stories of We Shall Not Be Moved, September 14, 2017

Remembering Superstorm Sandy after One Year, Kean Tower, November 11, 2013

Oral History Projects Document Hurricane Sandy, Perspectives on History, October 2013

Kean Students Cultivate Important Bonds through Oral History, Kean News October 21, 2013

Tweeting the Debates, Kean News, October 17, 2012

Students Inhabit History, Kean News, November 15, 2011

Acting Out: A Professor at Kean Reenacts Events from History, Kean Tower, October/November 2011


American Law and Liberty

Campus History as Public History

Civil Society in America

Emergence of Law in Society

Historical Methods

History and Memory

History of the Black American, Pre-1900

Legacies of Slavery

Junior Historiography Seminar (also taught as History of Now)

Modern Civil Rights Movements

Oral History Methods

Perspectives in History (Praxis II Preparatory Class)

Public History Seminar

Post-Colonial African Genocide (cross-listed with MA program in Holocaust and Genocide Studies)

Reacting to the Past Game Development

Senior Research Seminar

The American City

Twentieth Century Black History

U.S. History, Post-1877

Worlds of History

Writing Black History for Kids