Centre College Faculty
Elizabeth A. Perkins• Gordon B. Davidson Associate Professor of History, retired
Elizabeth Perkins retired in 2011 as Gordon B. Davidson Associate Professor of History at Centre College, a title she has held since 1998. She has taught at Centre since1992. Her scholarly background is in U.S. history, especially the Colonial/Early National period and American cultural history.
Perkins is the author of Border Life: Experience and Memory in the Revolutionary Ohio Valley, published in 1998 by the University of North Carolina Press. The book examines the settlement of the Ohio Valley as seen through the eyes of ordinary settlers. She was the co-author, with Stuart Sprague, of Frankfort: A Pictorial History (Donning Company Publishers, 1980).
Perkins has written other articles, reviews and papers exploring a variety of topics.
Before joining the Centre faculty, Perkins served as curator of the Kentucky Historical Society. She does extensive public lecturing on historical topics. Perkins also has served as project director for two major efforts to interpret history for public audiences, one of which focused on 19th-century Kentucky and another which interpreted the history of the Frankfort public square.
Perkins also served as Centre's associate dean, in which she assisted the Dean of the College in administering matters concerning the faculty and academic programs.
Perkins holds a B.A. in history from Centre College, an M.A. in history from the University of Kentucky, and a doctoral degree in history from Northwestern University.
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