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Kennetta Hammond Perry
Assistant Professor Ph.D. Michigan State University
Office:  Brewster A308
Phone:  252-328-6094
Fax:  252-328-6774

Kennetta Hammond Perry specializes in Atlantic World history with a particular emphasis on transnational race politics, empire, migration and movements for citizenship among people of African descent in Europe, the Caribbean and the United States.   Dr. Perry teaches courses in the department of History and the program in African & African American Studies.  She has published in the Journal of British Studies, Atlantic Studies and Twentieth Century British History and currently, she is completing a book manuscript tentatively titled London is the Place for Me:  Black Britons, Citizenship and the Politics of Belonging which examines how Caribbean migrants in post World War II Britain appropriated and reconstituted imperial discourses of citizenship to fashion Black British identities and make claims upon their rights as British citizens.  

Dr. Perry earned B.A. degrees in History and Political Science at North Carolina Central University and a doctoral degree in Comparative Black History from Michigan State University.  Before arriving at East Carolina, she completed a predoctoral research fellowship at the University of Virginia's Carter G. Woodson Institute for African & African American Studies and served as a Provost's postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of History at Duke University. For the 2012-2013 academic year, Dr. Perry was awarded a fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies to support her research on Caribbean migration and transnational race politics in postwar Britain. Currently she is completing a book manuscript titled, London Is the Place For Me: Black Britons, Citizenship and the Politics of Race which is under contract with Oxford University Press.  

Selected Publications:

"Black Britain and the Politics of Race in the 20th Century" History Compass 12, 8 (2014): 651-663.

"Little Rock" in Britain:  Jim Crow's Transatlantic Topographies, Journal of British Studies 51, 1 (January, 2012):  155-177.

Review of From Scottsboro to Munich:  Race and Political Culture in 1930s Britain by Susan D. Pennybacker, Atlantic Studies 8, 1 (March, 2011):  129-131.

Review of Left of Karl Marx:  The Political Life of Black Communist Claudia Jones, by Carol Boyce-Davies Journal of Twentieth Century British History 20 (2009):  277-279.

Courses Offered:

HIST 1031: World Civilizations since 1500
HIST 3005: Black Europe:  Europe & the African Diaspora
HIST 5122: U.S. Social and Cultural History since 1865
HIST 6930: Seminar in Atlantic World History
AAAS 1000: Introduction to African & African American Studies