Theda Perdue Theda Perdue is the Atlanta Distinguished Professor Emerita of Southern Studies at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Perdue has published fifteen books, including Race and the Atlanta Cotton States Exposition of 1895 and Cherokee Women: Gender and Culture Change, 1700-1835. She has held fellowships from the Rockefeller Foundation, the National Humanities Center, the Woodrow Wilson Center, and the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation. Perdue has served as president of the American Society for Ethnohistory and the Southern Historical Association. She and her co-editor of previous editions, UNC Professor Emeritus Michael D. Green, were married for twenty-three years before his death in 2013. They travelled widely, loved deeply, and wrote four books together, including North American Indians: A Very Short Introduction.