Richard J. Perry, PhD

Title: Professor Emeritus
Company: St. Lawrence University
Location: Potsdam, New York, United States

Richard J. Perry, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus at St. Lawrence University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in anthropology.
Dr. Perry chose his professional field because he was always interested in human differences and commonality. This led him to earn a Bachelor of Arts in anthropology from Harvard University in 1966. He then matriculated at Syracuse University, receiving a Master of Arts in 1966 and a Doctor of Philosophy in anthropology in 1971. During this time, he served in the military as a private first class with the Army National Guard from 1964 to 1970.
Dr. Perry is currently retired but wants to make positive contributions. The current climate we are living in has been a challenging experience for most and he wants to help to make positive influences in the communities. He began his career at St. Lawrence University in 1971 and remains there to this day. From 1971 to 2004, he was a professor of anthropology. In 2004, he retired and became a professor emeritus of anthropology. Alongside his career, he has authored numerous books including but not limited to “Killer Apes, Naked Apes, and Just Plain Nasty People: The Misuse and Abuse of Science in Political Discourse,” “’Race’ and Racism: The Development of Modern Racism in America,” “Five Key Concepts in Anthropological Thinking,” “From Time Immemorial: Indigenous Peoples and State Systems,” and “Apache Reservation: Indigenous Peoples and the American State.”
Dr. Perry believes that he has been successful because he had students that had the same interest as he did in the human experience. He also was lucky to have family and colleagues that were willing to share and interact with him. As a testament to his success, Dr. Perry was inducted as a fellow of the American Anthropological Association. He was also listed in the 57th and 58th editions of Who’s Who in America.


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