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.


American Law and Liberty

Campus History as Public History

Civil Society in America

Emergence of Law in Society

History and Memory

Legacies of Slavery

Junior Methods Seminar

Modern Civil Rights Movements

Oral History Methods

Pre-1900 Black History

Public History Seminar

Post-Colonial African Genocide

Reacting to the Past Game Development

Senior Research Seminar

Sports in US History

The American City

Twentieth Century Black History

U.S. History, Post-1877

Worlds of History

Writing Black History for Kids