Robert Perry

A photo of Robert Perry

Emeritus Professor

Africology and African American Studies

720A Pray Harrold


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  • Ph.D. in Sociology, Wayne State University, 1978
  • MA, Sociology, Bowling Green State University, 1965
  • BA, Sociology (Psychology minor), Bowling Green State University, 1959

Interests and Expertise

  • Race and ethnic relations
  • Black and ethnic studies
  • Studies of the Black family
  • Race and crime
  • Black images in television

Publications and Presentations

  • Re-examining the Black on Black Crime ISSUE: A Theoretical Essay  in Africana Studies: Philosophical Perspectives and Theoretical Paradigms, Edited by Delores P. Aldridge and E. Lincoln James, Washington University Press, Pullman, Washington, 2007.
  • Balancing the High-Tech Needs of Contemporary Educators with their High Touch: Personal and Professional Needs for Implementation of Technology.” Educational Planning Volume 12, Number (2), pp. 59–69, 2001, Co‑authored With Walter S. Polka and P. Rudy Mattai. 2000.
  • “High Tech, High Touch: Balancing the District's Technology Needs with Reality of Human Fears and Frustrations of Your Professional Staff.”  The School Administrator Co‑authored With Walter S. Polka and P. Rudy Mattai. 2000.
  • “Can Technology Deliver on its Promise of Being the Great Equalizer? Some Reflections on the Participation of Disadvantaged Students in Technology.” Educators Healing Racism. A Joint Publication of the Association of Teacher Educators and Association for Childhood Education International. Edited by Nancy L. Quisenberry and D. John McIntyre. Co‑authored with P. Rudy Mattai and Walter S. Polka. 1998.
  • Inside Ethnic America: An Ethnic Studies Reader. Co‑edited with Lillian Ashcraft‑Eason. Kendall/Hunt, July, 1996.
  • "The African‑American Intellectuals of the 1920s: Some Sociological Implications of the Harlem Renaissance" with Melvin T. Peters. Ethnic Studies Review. June/October, 1996, vol.19, no. 2 and 3. 155–72.
  • “African Americans in Television: A Cultural News Paradigm.” Feedback: Educating the Electronic Mass Media Professionals of Tomorrow. Co‑authored with Alice A. Tait. Winter, 1995. Vol. 36:1.
  • “African Americans in Television: An Afrocentric Analysis.” The Western Journal of Black Studies. Co‑authored with Alice A. Tait. 1994. Vol. 18:4.
  • “Decolonializing the Black Scholar's Mind.”  Refereed. Black Books Bulletin: Words Work: A Periodic Journal of Black Culture. Winter 199394. Vol. 16: 1 and 2.
  • "Do Black Family Headship Structures Make a Difference in Teenage Pregnancy?" Refereed. Co‑authored with Joseph W. Scott. Sociological Focus. February 1990. Vol. 23.1.
  • "Black Family Headship Structure, Parent‑Child Affect, Communication and Delaying Teenage Pregnancy." Refereed. Co‑authored with Joseph W. Scott. National Journal of Sociology. Spring 1990. Vol. 4:1.
  • "The Sociological Implications of the Civil Rights Movement for Black Character Development and Generic Programming Within the Television Medium, 19551985." Refereed. Co‑authored with Alice A. Tait. The Negro Educational Review. October, 1987. Vol. 38:4.
  • “Race and Juvenile Justice in Ohio. The Overrepresentation and Disproportionate Confinement of African‑American and Hispanic Youth: An Ohio Study." The State of Crime and Criminal Justice in Ohio. Governor's Office of Criminal Justice Services' publication. Fall, 1994.
  • "Race and Juvenile Justice in Ohio. The Overrepresentation and Disproportionate Confinement of African‑American and Hispanic Youth." Co‑authored with Chris Dunn, Stephen Cernkovich and Jerry Wicks. A report submitted to the Governor's Office of Criminal Justice Services in partial fulfillment of contract number OCJS 91-004 and OCJS 92-001. June, 1993.


Dr. Perry is a pioneer in Black and ethnic studies. He served as department head of African American studies at Eastern Michigan University from 1997 to 2003. He spent 27 years at Bowling Green State University, serving as the director of the ethnic studies program for 10 years. He also served 17 years as the chair of the department of ethnic studies. Dr. Perry has taught many undergraduate and graduate courses and directed or consulted numerous workshops. He has provided guidance for at least three dozen students seeking doctoral and masters degrees. His professional achievements are prolific, including numerous selected publications, refereed journal articles, book chapters, chairmanship of professional sessions and presentations and discussions of papers.