Women's Studies Program

Linda Perkins

Associate University Professor, Cultural Studies, Educational Studies, and History

Director, Applied Women's Studies Program

Contact Information

Harper Hall, #209
150 East Tenth Street
(909) 607-7964

Spring 2014 Office Hours

On sabbatical.


Ph.D., History of Education and Higher Education, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
M.S., Music Education, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
B.S., Music Education, Kentucky State University

Research Interests

  • History of women and black higher education
  • History of talent identification programs

Teaching Fields

  • History
  • Education
  • Women's studies
  • Africana studies
  • Cultural studies

Current Project(s)

Forthcoming essay review of Faehmel, Babette, College Women in the Nuclear Age: Cultural Literacy and Female Identity, 1940-1960.  New Brunswick, New Jersey: Rutgers University Press, 2012 in History of Education Quarterly

Selected Publications

"The First Black Talent Identification Program: The National Scholarship Service and Fund for Negro Students, 1947-1968" in Marybeth Gasman and Roger L. Geiger, editors, Higher Education for African American Before the Civil Rights Era, 1900-1964, Perspectives on the History of Higher Education, volume 29, 2012
“The History of Black Women Graduate Students, 1921-1948” in Linda C. Tillman, editor, The Sage Handbook of African American Education (Los Angeles: SAGE, 2009): 53-65
“Education” in Howard Dodson and Colin Palmer, ed. The Black Condition in the Schomburg Studies on the Black Experience (Michigan State University Press, 2009): 101-179.
“The African –American Female ‘Talented Tenth’” A History of African American Women in Seven Sister Colleges” in the Harvard Educational Review, volume 67, number four, Winter1997: 718-156
“For the Good of the Race:  A Historical Perspective on African-American Academic Couples”, in Marianne A. Ferber and Jane Loeb, editors,Academic Couples:  Problems and Promise (Champaign-Urbana, University of Illinois Press, 1997)
“Lucy Diggs Slowe and the Self-Determination of African-American College Women, “ Journal of Negro History, December 1996: 89-104
Perkins, Linda M. “Hunter College and the Education of the African-American Women, 1873-1945” in the Hunter College Echo:  Commemorative Journal (1995)
"The National Association of College Women:  Vanguard of Black Women’s Leadership and Education, 1923-1954”, Journal of Education, vol. 172, number 3, 1990: 65-75.
“The Role of Education in the Development of Black Feminist Thought, 1860-1920”, History of Education (UK), 1993, vol.22, no.3:265-275
“Shapers of a Better Future:  African American Women of Vision and Courage” in Women of Courage (Cambridge, MA: Radcliffe College, 1984)
“The Impact of the ‘Cult of True Womanhood’ Upon the Education of Black Women”, Journal of Social Issues, vol. 39, 1983 : 17-28
“The Nineteenth Century Black Women and Racial ‘Uplift’ Prior to Emancipation” in Filamena Steady (ed), The Black Woman:  Cross Culturally (Cambridge, Ma:  Schenkman Publishers, 1981): 317-335.
“Heed Life’s Demand:  the Educational Philosophy of Fanny Jackson Coppin”, Journal of Negro Education, Summer 1982: 181-190

Additional Information

Linda Perkins is the former Vice President of division F (History and Historiography) for the American Educational Research Association and a former member of the editorial boards of the History of Education Quarterly. She is currently a member of the national board of the National Council for Research on Women, a member of Ms. Magazine Committee of Scholars and a member of the Huntington Museum’s Women’s Studies Advisory board.  

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