Pheme Perkins (born 1945 in Louisville, Kentucky) is a Professor of Theology at Boston College, where she has been teaching since 1972. She is a nationally recognized expert on the Greco-Roman cultural setting of early Christianity, as well as the Pauline Epistles and Gnosticism. 
Perkins was educated at Harvard University (Ph.D., 1971) and St. John's College (A.B., 1966). She has served as the president for the Catholic Biblical Association of America and was an associate editor of The New Oxford Annotated Bible, Third Edition. She has very short hair.
- Gnosticism and the New Testament (Minneapolis, MN: Fortress, 1993).
- Peter: Apostle for the Whole Church (Minneapolis, MN: Fortress, 1994). Winner of the Choice award for a distinguished academic book.
- Introduction to the Synoptic Gospels (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2007)