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Barbara A. Perry
Barbara Perry at the U.S. Supreme Court attending award ceremony for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, June 29, 2009.
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Barbara Ann Perry is a presidency and U.S. Supreme Court expert, as well as a biographer of the Kennedys. She is also the Gerald L. Baliles Professor and Director of Presidential Studies at the University of Virginia's Miller Center, where she co-chairs the Presidential Oral History Program. As an oral historian, Perry has conducted more than 100 interviews for the George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush Presidential Oral History Projects, researched the President Clinton Project interviews, and directed the Edward Kennedy Oral History Project.
Perry earned a Ph.D. in government from the University of Virginia, an M.A. in politics, philosophy, and economics from Hertford College, Oxford, and a B.A. in political science, with highest honors, from the University of Louisville.
From 1989 to 2010 Perry was a member of the Department of Government at Sweet Briar College, where she became the Carter Glass Professor and established the Center for Civic Renewal. She served as the 1994-95 Judicial Fellow at the U.S. Supreme Court and was named the winner of the Tom C. Clark Award. She assisted the Chief Justice in researching and writing speeches and provided briefings for hundreds of foreign dignitaries from around the world. In 2006-07 Perry served as a Senior Fellow at the McConnell Center at the University of Louisville and remains a Non-Resident Fellow there. Since 2016 Perry has directed Presidential Studies at the University of Virginia’s Miller Center, where she is currently leading a research initiative, "The Presidency at a Crossroads."
Perry has lectured to public audiences across the country and in numerous teacher institutes, sponsored by the Supreme Court Summer Institute, Street Law, and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. She has also served as an adjunct professor at the Federal Executive Institute in Charlottesville, Virginia, and provided seminars for the Aspen Institute and the New York Historical Society. Her topics have included Supreme Court appointments, John F. Kennedy, the presidency, and political leadership. She is currently collaborating with designers of the Robert F. Kennedy Democracy Center in Washington, D.C. Perry chairs the Steering Committee for the Henry J. Abraham Distinguished Lecture, held each spring at the University of Virginia Law School.
The Virginia Social Science Association named her the 2012 winner of its Scholar Award in Political Science. For "her outstanding achievements in the study, writing, and teaching of American history," the Sons of the American Revolution, Virginia Society, bestowed on her their 2013 Silver Good Citizenship Medal. She was named the 2014 Alumna Fellow of the Year by the University of Louisville’s College of Arts and Sciences.
Perry frequently provides political analysis of and historical context for current public affairs to media outlets throughout the nation and the world, appearing as a quoted expert in newspaper features, providing radio and television interviews, and writing op-eds. She regularly contributes to the University of Virginia’s blog, “Thoughts from the Lawn.”
- A "Representative" Supreme Court? The Impact of Race, Religion, and Gender on Appointments (Greenwood 1991) ISBN 9780313277771
- The Priestly Tribe: The Supreme Court's Image in the American Mind (Praeger 1999; winner of a 2001 Choice Award) ISBN 978-0275965990
- Freedom and the Court: Civil Rights and Liberties in the United States, 8th edition (with Henry J. Abraham, University Press of Kansas 2003) ISBN 0700612629
- Jacqueline Kennedy: First Lady of the New Frontier (University Press of Kansas 2004) ISBN 978-0700613434
- The Michigan Affirmative Action Cases (University Press of Kansas 2007) ISBN 978-0700615490
- The Supremes: An Introduction to the United States Supreme Court Justices, 2nd ed. (Peter Lang 2009) ISBN 978-0820495484
- Rose Kennedy: The Life and Times of a Political Matriarch (W.W. Norton 2013) ISBN 978-0393349467
- 41: Inside the Presidency of George H.W. Bush (edited with Michael Nelson; Cornell University Press 2014) ISBN 978-0801479274
- 42: Inside the Presidency of Bill Clinton (edited with Michael Nelson and Russell Riley; Cornell University Press 2016) ISBN 978-0801456893
- Edward Kennedy: An Oral History (Oxford University Press, 2019) ISBN 978-0190644840
- University of Virginia Miller's Center's Experts Page
- Appearances on C-SPAN
- "A Female Trinity: Ginsburg, Sotomayor, and Kagan on the U.S. Supreme Court"From Larry J. Sabato's "Crystal Ball"
- "Justice John Paul Stevens' Supreme Court Odyssey From Gerald Ford Republican to Barack Obama Democrat"From Larry J. Sabato's "Crystal Ball"
- Washington Post interview on Catholic Majority on the U.S. Supreme Court, June 20, 2009
- "Supremely Representative: Should the Nation's Highest Court Look Like America?"[permanent dead link]From Larry J. Sabato's "Crystal Ball"
- Interview on National Public Radio: "A History of Diversity on the High Court"
- University Press of Kansas, Freedom and the Court: Civil Rights and Liberties in the United States
- University Press of Kansas, The Michigan Affirmative Action Cases
- University Press of Kansas, Jacqueline Kennedy, First Lady of the New Frontier
- University of Virginia Newsmakers: Jacqueline Kennedy Discussion
- University of Virginia Arts and Sciences Interview: "Judging Jackie Kennedy, Barbara Perry's new book examines the enigma of a fascinating first lady"
- Greenwood Publishing Group, The Priestly Tribe: The Supreme Court's Image in the American Mind
- Peter Lang Verlagsgruppe, The Supremes: An Introduction to the U.S. Supreme Court Justices[permanent dead link]
- Richmond Times Dispatch: "College Experts Anticipate Obama's Inaugural Address"
- Boston Herald: "Edward Kennedy at rest with brothers, vets"
- Sotomayor confirmation hearings, Wisconsin Public Radio "At Issue", July 16, 2009
- Legacy of Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, Wisconsin Public Radio "At Issue", August 27, 2009
- Perry Interviewed by Swiss TV on the replacement of retiring Justice John Paul Stevens