Director of Graduate Studies
Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2001
Dr. Perry's teaching and research concentrate on modern European social and cultural history, German history, and world civilization. He has taught courses on modern Germany, European intellectual history, history and memory, masculinity, World War I, the Holocaust, consumer society and the mass media, historical methods and social theory and modern European and world history.
Dr. Perry's book on the cultural history of German Christmas from the 1870s to the 1960s was published by University of North Carolina Press in 2010. It assesses the impact of domestic celebration and ritual on the evolution of German cultural and national identity. He is also co-author of A History of Western Society, a western civilization survey text now in its tenth edition. Dr. Perry is currently working on a book on the history of television in West Germany in the 1950s and 60s.
Christmas in Germany: A Cultural History (University of North Carolina Press, 2010).
Co-author, A History of Western Society, Combined Edition, (Bedford St. Martin's, 2010).
"Healthy for Family Life: Television, Masculinity, and Domestic Modernity during West Germany's Miracle Years," German History (December 2007): 560-595.
"Consumer Citizenship in the Interwar Era: Gender, Race, and the State in Global-Historical Perspective," Journal of Women's History (Winter 2006): 157-172.
"The Nazification of Christmas: Politics and Popular Celebration in the Third Reich," Central European History (December 2005): 572-605.
"The Madonna of Stalingrad: Mastering the (Christmas) Past and West German National Identity after World War II," Radical History Review (Spring 2002): 7-27.