Linda M. Perkins is Associate Professor of the Claremont Graduate University. She holds an interdisciplinary university appointment in the departments of Applied Women's Studies, Educational Studies and History. Perkins is a historian of women's and African American higher education. Her primary areas of research are on the history of African American women's higher education, the education of African Americans in elite institutions and the history of talent identification programs for African Americans students. She has served as Vice President of Division F (History and Historiography) of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) and has also served as a member of the Executive Council of AERA. She is currently on the editorial boards of the History of Education Quarterly and the Review of African American Education. Her publications include Fanny Jackson Coppin and the Institute for Colored Youth, 1837-1902 (1987) and The African American Female Elite: The Early History of African American Women in the Seven Sister Colleges, 1880-1960 in the Harvard Educational Review (Winter 1997). Professor Perkins was on the National Planning Committee for the 50th Anniversary Commemoration of the Brown v. Board of Education at New York University and taught a course on Brown in Fall of 2004. She hosted a national research conference in February 2008 on the impact of the Brown decision and the 1964 Civil Rights Act on Black higher education.