Feminist anthropologist and political activist, Perry’s research focuses on urban social movements against the violence of forced displacement. She is the author of the prize-winning book, Black Women against the Land Grab: The Fight for Racial Justice in Brazil (University of Minnesota Press, 2013), an ethnographic study of black women’s activism for housing and land rights in the northeastern Brazilian city of Salvador. With an emphasis on the United States, Jamaica, and Brazil, she continues to write on issues of black land ownership and loss and the related gendered racial logics of black dispossession in the African diaspora. She recently served on the Latin American Studies Association delegation to investigate the impeachment of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff.
“The job of the writer is to make revolution irresistible.”
- Toni Cade Bambara
- Book Review: Exceptional Violence: Embodied Citizenship in Transnational Jamaica. The Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology. 2012; 17: 370-373.
- State violence and the ethnographic encounter: feminist research and racial embodiment. African and Black Diaspora: An International Journal. 2012; 5 (1): 135-154.
- Book Review: Forging Diaspora: Afro-Cubans and African Americans in a World of Empire and Jim Crow. The Americas. 2011; 68 (2): 278-280.
- Book Review: Left of Karl Marx: The Political Life of Black Communist Claudia Jones. International Feminist Journal of Politics. 2010; 12: 522-523.
- “If We Didn't Have Water”: Black Women's Struggle for Urban Land Rights in Brazil. Environmental Justice. 2009; 2 (1): 9-14.
- Book Review: Negras in Brazil: Re-envisioning Black Women, Citizenship, and the Politics of Identity. The Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology. 2007; 12 (2): 526-529.
- Book Review: Black Sexual Politics: African Americans, Gender, and the New Racism. Cultural Analysis. 2006; 5: R1-R3.
- Social Memory and Black Resistance: Black Women and Neighborhood Struggles in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. The Latin Americanist. 2005; 49 (1): 7-38.
- The roots of black resistance: race, gender and the struggle for urban land rights in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. Social Identities. 2004; 10 (6): 811-831.