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Roy Perez

Assistant Professor


Roy Pérez received his Ph.D. in English from New York University in 2012, after which he joined the faculty of English and American Ethnic Studies at Willamette University, where he served as Chair of the American Ethnic Studies program. Pérez is a 2018 recipient of a National Endowment for the Humanities faculty research fellowship, and in 2018-2019 he was an Institute for American Cultures research fellow in the Chicano Studies Research Center at UCLA. His published work and his teaching focus on gender, sexuality, and race in Latinx literary and visual culture, with special attention to cross-cultural collaborations in Latinx writing, performance, and activism. Pérez has received numerous awards for his teaching, and was named the 2014 Mortarboard Professor of the Year at Willamette University. Pérez has partnered with local venues like the Portland Institute of Contemporary Art and the Profile Theatre to develop community programming and to provide opportunities for students to engage directly with cultural institutions. Pérez teaches core undergraduate and graduate courses in ethnic studies and gender studies as well as topics courses in Latinx cultures, and serves as advisor to doctoral students pursuing the interdisciplinary graduate certificate in Critical Gender Studies.

Research Interests: Comparative Latinx Studies, Queer Theory, Feminist Theory, Aesthetics and Politics, Performance, Critical Race Theory, Literary Studies


Roy Pérez, “Proximity: On the Work of Mark Aguhar.” Trap Door: Trans Cultural Production and the Politics of Visibility (New Museum Critical Anthologies in Art and Culture). Eds. Johanna Burton, Reina Gossett, and Eric Stanley. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2017. 283-293.

Kadji Amin, Amber Musser, and Roy Pérez, “Queer Form: Aesthetics, Race, and the Violences of the Social.” Special issue introduction. ASAP/Journal 2:2 (May 2017): 227-239.

Catalina de Onís, Roy Pérez, et al. “What’s in an ‘X’?: An Exchange about the Politics of ‘Latinx.’” Chiricú Journal: Latina/o Literatures, Arts, and Cultures 1:2 (Spring 2017): 78-91.

Roy Pérez, “Homo-Narrative Capture, Racial Proximity, and the Queer Latino Child.” Narrative, Race and Ethnicity in the United States, eds. Jim Donahue, Jennifer Ho, and Shaun Morgan. Columbus, OH: Ohio State University Press, 2017. 193-207.

Roy Pérez, “The Glory that Was Wrong: El ‘Chino Malo’ Approximates Nuyorico.” Special issue, “Lingering in Latinidad: Theory, Aesthetics and Performance in Latina/o Studies,” eds. Joshua Javier Guzmán and Christina Léon. Women & Performance 25:3 (Nov. 2015): 277-297.