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Edward Joseph Perkins

ambassador , Professor , diplomatist

Edward Joseph Perkins, American, Japanese political science professor, retired ambassador.


Perkins, Edward Joseph was born on June 8, 1928 in Sterlington, Louisiana, United States.


Student, University California. Student, Lewis and Clark College. Bachelor, University Maryland, 1967.

Master of Public Administration, University Southern California, 1972. Doctor of Public Administration, University Southern California, 1978. Studied French, Foreign Service Institute, 1983.

Doctor of Laws (honorary), University Maryland, 1990. Doctor of Laws (honorary), St. John's University, 1990. Doctor of Laws (honorary), Lewis and Clark College, 1988.

Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Winston-Salem State University, 1990. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Bowie State College, 1993. HHD (honorary), St. Augustine College, 1991.

HHD (honorary), Beloit College, 1990. HHD (honorary), University Southern California, 1995.


Chief personnel Army and Air Force Exchange Service, Taipei, Taiwan, 1958-1962, deputy chief Okinawa, Japan, 1962-1964. Chief personnel & administration Army and Air Force Exchange Service, Japan, 1964-1966. Assistant general services officer Far East bureau United States Agency International Development (United States Agency for International Development), 1967-1969, management analyst, 1969-1970.

Assistant director for management United States Operations Mission to Thailand, 1970-1972. Staff assistant Office of Director General Foreign Service, 1972, personnel officer, 1972-1974. Administrative officer Bureau Near Eastern & South Asian Affairs United States Department State, 1974-1975, management analysis officer Office Management Operations, 1975-1978, counselor for political affairs Accra, Ghana, 1978-1981, deputy chief of mission Monrovia, Liberia, 1981-1983, director Office of West African Affairs, Bureau African Affair, 1983-1985, United States ambassador to Liberia, 1985-1986, United States ambassador to South Africa, 1986-1989, director general, director personnel Foreign Service Washington, 1989-1992, United States ambassador to United Nations New York City, 1992-1993, United States ambassador to Australia Canberra, 1993-1996.

William J. Crowe professor and executive director International Programs Center, University Oklahoma, Norman since 1996. Member advisory board Institute International Public Policy, since 1997. Member advisory council University Office of International Programs, Pennsylvania State University, 1997.

Member White House Advisory Committee on Trade Policy and Negotiations, since 2003.



Trustee Lewis and Clark College, since 1994, Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, since 1999. Board governors Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, 1996-2003. Member steering committee Center for Australian and New Zealand Studies, Georgetown University, since 1996.

Board Cranlana Programme. Board visitors National Defense University, since 2002. Fellow National Academy Public Administration.

Member Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Society for Public Administration, Navy League, American Political Science Association, Foreign Policy Association (ambassadorial fellow), International Studies Association, Council on Foreign Relations, American Academy Diplomacy, American Consortium International Public Administration, American Foreign Service Association, American Legion, Center Study of Presidency, Chester A. Arthur Society, Public Service Communications, World Affairs Councils Oklahoma and Washington, American Academy Diplomacy, Pacific Council on International Policy, Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training (board directors since 1998), Kappa Alpha Psi (Laurel Wreath award,1993, C. Rodger Wilson Leadership Conference award, 1990, Distinguished Service award 1989, Outstanding Achievement award for Foreign Service 1986), Phi Kappa Phi.


Married Lucy Liu.

Lucy Liu

Katherine Perkins

Sarah Perkins