Jackie Perkins

Jackie Perkins


  • Agricultural, Rural and Environmental History


  • PhD Student


  • Maroon and White Scholar



Professional Profile

I am a third year Ph.D. student at Mississippi State University. My research focuses on the environmental and cultural impact of urban gardens in the Midwest at the turn of the twentieth century. Specifically, my research examines the mixed legacy of invasive and introduced plants in America and the ways in which ornamental gardens helped accelerate or create urban environmental changes.


Mississippi State University, History Ph.D. Student 2021-Current

Wright State University, Master of Arts in History, 2021

Thesis: “Gardening the Gilded Age: Creating the Landscapes of the Future”

Purdue University North Central, Bachelor of Arts in History, 2016

Purdue University North Central, Bachelor of Science in Psychology, 2016

Editorial Graduate Assistant, Environmental History, June 2022-Present

Archive Intern, Kettering Foundation (Dayton, OH), November 2019-April 2021

Heritage Interpreter, Barker Mansion (Michigan City, IN), September 2016-August 2019

Archive Intern, Purdue North Central (Westville, IN), August 2015-December 2015

Publications, Presentations, and Exhibits

Presentation, “Walled in Culture: Private Outdoor Spaces and the Chicago Elite,” 2023, Southern Forum on Agricultural, Rural, and Environmental History.

Presentation, “Industrial Digitization: Preserving the Documents of the Gilded Age,” 2020 Wright State Public History Symposium, Event Cancelled due to COVID-19

Publication, “The Tucker-Fuller Years:1972-1982,” in Purdue University North Central: The History of a Regional Campus, ed. Joseph Coates and James Pula, Academic Consulting, 2019.

Exhibit, Barker Mansion, “Footwear and Fashion in the Gilded Age,” 2019, Permanent Display

Exhibit, Barker Mansion, “Traveling Through the Gilded Age,” 2018, Permanent Display

Exhibit, Barker Mansion, “Ornaments of the Mansion,” December 2017

Exhibit, Barker Mansion, “The Barkers at Christmas,” December 2016

Phi Kappa Phi