SMITHSONIAN JOURNEYS EXPERTS
Kenneth Perkins received his M.A. and Ph.D. in Middle Eastern Studies from Princeton University. He is a Professor of History at the University of South Carolina, where he has served on the faculty since 1974 and teaches courses on Islamic civilization, the history of North Africa and the Middle East in the Islamic Era, and U.S. relations with the Middle East. A frequent traveler to the Middle East and North Africa, Dr. Perkins has conducted scholarly research in Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, France, the United Kingdom, and Sudan. He is the author of Qaids, Captains, and Colons: French Military Administration in the Colonial Maghrib, 1844-1934; Port Sudan: The Evolution of a Colonial City; Tunisia: Crossroads of the Islamic and European Worlds; and A History of Modern Tunisia; as well as numerous articles, book chapters, book reviews, and encyclopedia and other reference entries. He is currently working on a book examining the social, economic, and political impact of Western travelers in North Africa from 1870 to 1939.
WHAT OUR TRAVELERS SAY
Ken Perkins was outstanding. His lectures were informative and he was always available to answer questions throughout the trip. My husband and I learned a great deal about Moroccan culture from him - an absolute plus.”
I want to travel with Ken Perkins again. I cannot imagine anyone being a better study leader than Ken - he knows Morocco and its history and he seems to enjoy both sharing his knowledge and being part of the group.”