MA University of Georgia, 1974
PhD University of Georgia, 1976
Professor Perdue's research focuses on American Indians, especially the Native peoples of the southeastern United States. She is the author or co-author of nine books including Cherokee Women: Gender and Culture Change, 1700–1835 (1998), which won the Julia Cherry Spruill Award for the best book in southern women's history and the James Mooney Prize for the best book in the anthropology of the South. More recently, she has published Race and the Atlanta Cotton States Exposition of 1895 (2010) and, with co-author Michael D. Green, The Cherokee Nation and the Trail of Tears (2007) and North American Indians: A Very Short Introduction (2010). She is the editor or co-editor of six books including Sifters: Native American Women's Lives (2001) and The Cherokee Removal (3rd ed., 2016). She has held a number of fellowships including ones from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the Newberry Library, and the Rockefeller Foundation. She has served as president of the Southern Association for Women Historians (1985–86), the American Society for Ethnohistory (2001), and the Southern Historical Association (2011).