Perry, Michael

Michael Perry Ph.D.

Dean, College of Arts & Humanities; Associate Professor of English; Faculty Athletic Representative
Phone: 815-226-4098




Ph.D., Arizona State University
M.A., University of St. Thomas
B.A., Augustana College


Associate Professor of English and Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities Michael Perry started his tenure at Rockford University in 2008 upon completing his Ph.D. at Arizona State University. In addition to his academic roles at RU, he also serves as faculty athletic representative.

Michael’s interests in teaching and research include African American literature, popular culture, and creative writing. Each February since 2010, he has spearheaded a “Read Aloud of Black American Voices” in honor of Black History Month. Furthermore, Michael regularly presents at the Popular Culture and American Culture Association National Conference, where in addition to presenting in areas as wide-ranging as black culture, horror, and rhetoric, he also chaired a panel of three RU undergraduate students who presented work that stemmed from his class in graphic novels and the literary tradition.

Prior to obtaining his doctorate of philosophy in English from Arizona State, Michael taught for two years in the Minnesota community college system in a variety of settings, including the prison system.  Michael obtained his master of arts in English from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn., and his bachelor of arts in English with minors in math and classics from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, S.D.

Dr. Perry lives in Rockford with his wife, Karen, who is a registered nurse, and three children: Caleb, Julian and Zoey.

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