Dr. Edward J. Perkins, PhD

Title: Political Science Professor, Retired Ambassador
Location:  Norman, Washington, D.C., United States   

Edward J. Perkins, PhD, former political science professor and U.S. ambassador, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in international affairs.

Dr. Perkins is considered an expert in international affairs, diplomacy and political science, but most importantly he is regarded as someone who has respect for humanity and doing what’s right in order to advance society overall. Now retired, he celebrates a career adorned with accomplishments and a reputation for never turning down an assignment or opportunity to bring about positive change. In his career, Dr. Perkins held prominent roles that took him around the globe, most notably serving as a U.S. Ambassador over the course of a decade to several countries including Australia, South Africa and Liberia. He was also the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations in New York. Known for his professionalism and integrity, he came to these opportunities after having already established his reputation of excellence within his field. Previously, he found success with the U.S. State Department in roles including director of the Office of West African Affairs, deputy chief of mission, counselor for political affairs, management analysis officer for the Office of Management and Operations, and administrative officer for the Bureau Near Eastern & South Asian Affairs.

Dr. Perkins was also involved early in his career with the General Foreign Service, where he served as a personnel officer and staff assistant. In total, Dr. Perkins served his country for more than three decades. Furthermore, he contributed in academic and public policy through roles such as William J. Crowe professor and executive director of the International Programs Center at the University of Oklahoma, member of the advisory board of the Institute of International Public Policy, member of the advisory council for the University Office of International Programs at Pennsylvania State University, and member of the White House Advisory Committee on Trade Policy and Negotiations.

The highlight of Dr. Perkins career was being given the opportunity to work as the first black U.S. ambassador to South Africa as it was a special assignment from former President Ronald Reagan. In his eyes, it was a culmination of all the hard work he had poured into his career at that point in an area of interest that began for him in high school. In recognition of his professional excellence throughout his career, Dr. Perkins earned several accolades, including a Superior Honor Award from the U.S. State Department, a Presidential Meritorious Service Award, a Presidential Distinguished Service Award, a Meritorious Honor Award from the U.S. Agency for International Development, an Outstanding Service as a Foreign Service Officer for the Una Chapman Cox Foundation, a Living Legend Award from Links Inc., and a Director General’s Cup, among many others. When asked of his success, Dr. Perkins credits his accomplishments to a blend of his experience, work ethic and educational background. He holds several academic degrees, including a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Maryland, a Master of Public Administration from the University of Southern California, and a Doctor of Public Administration, also from the University of Southern California.

A fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration, Dr. Perkins has remained at the top of his field through his involvement with such industry organizations as the VFW, the American Society for Public Administration, the Navy League, the American Political Science Association, the Foreign Policy Association, the International Studies Association, the Council on Foreign Relations, the American Academy of Diplomacy, the American Consortium on International Public Administration, the American Foreign Service Association, the American Legion, the Center Study of Presidency, the Chester A. Arthur Society, the Pacific Council on International Policy, and the Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training. In looking ahead to the future, Dr. Perkins intends to continue enjoying his well-deserved retirement while pursuing passion projects that interest him.

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