Barbara A. Perry

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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.
Born (1956-01-24) January 24, 1956 (age 61)
Louisville, KY, U.S.
Occupation Professor, Author, National Media Commentator

Barbara Ann Perry (born January 24, 1956) is a U.S. Supreme Court and presidency expert, as well as a biographer of the Kennedys. Perry is also a Senior Fellow at the University of Virginia's Miller Center and is the former Carter Glass Professor of Government and founding director of the Center for Civic Renewal at Sweet Briar College in Virginia.


In 1994–95 she was the Judicial Fellow at the U.S. Supreme Court, where she received the Tom C. Clark Award as the outstanding fellow that year. Her duties included researching and drafting speeches for Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist. Dr. Perry was the Senior Fellow for civics education at the University of Louisville's McConnell Center in 2006–07 and now serves as a Non-Resident Fellow there. She 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.

Barbara Perry with Chief Justice John G. Roberts in his chambers. Chief Justice Roberts introduced Perry's lecture at the U.S. Supreme Court, April 20, 2010. The lecture on Supreme Court Appointments can be viewed in the C-SPAN archives, by following the external reference below.


Perry is currently researching two new books: Catholics and the Supreme Court (Georgetown University Press) and Rose: Mother of the Kennedy Image (Norton). The author of more than 30 articles, Dr. Perry has lectured throughout the United States and is a frequent media commentator on public affairs for, among others, CNN, Public Radio, and the Washington Post. She is a regular guest on Wisconsin Public Radio's program, At Issue. From 1995 to 2008, she served as a consultant for and taught in the annual Supreme Court Summer Institute, co-sponsored by the Supreme Court Historical Society and Street Law. A native of Louisville, Kentucky, she is an avid fan of the University of Louisville Cardinals basketball teams and the Kentucky Derby.


Professor Perry's eight books include The Supremes: An Introduction to the United States Supreme Court Justices, 2nd ed. (Peter Lang 2009); The Michigan Affirmative Action Cases (University Press of Kansas 2007); Jacqueline Kennedy: First Lady of the New Frontier (University Press of Kansas 2004); The Priestly Tribe: The Supreme Court's Image in the American Mind (Praeger 1999; winner of a 2001 Choice Award); A "Representative" Supreme Court? The Impact of Race, Religion, and Gender on Appointments (Greenwood 1991); and, with Henry Abraham, Freedom and the Court: Civil Rights and Liberties in the United States, 8th edition (University Press of Kansas 2003).


External links[edit]

Barbara A. Perry introduces Justice Antonin Scalia at the Henry Abraham lecture at the University of Virginia Law School, April 16, 2010.