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Christopher Perreira

Associate Professor


Ph.D., Literature and Cultural Studies - UC San Diego
C.Phil., Literature and Cultural Studies - UC San Diego
M.A., English - University of Connecticut, Storrs
B.A., Literature - UC San Diego
A.A., English - San Diego City College


Chris Perreira is Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies at UC San Diego. His research and teaching focus on culture, race, medicine, and criminality; Latinx and Chicanx studies; environmental racism/justice; speculative fiction; and carceral geographies. His first book, Archiving Medical Violence: Consent and the Carceral State, explores the contested public terrains for narrating value and vulnerability, race, place, and representation by putting official archives in critical dialogue with visual and literary works, patient writing, and more. He has published in the Journal of Transnational American StudiesAmerican Quarterly, and in the edited volumes Latinx Environmentalisms: Place, Justice, and the Decolonial and Captivating Technology: Race, Carceral Technoscience, and Liberatory Imagination in Everyday Life. Chris is currently co-editor of the journal American Studies (AMSJ) and former editor of the blog Dialogues. Before joining the faculty of UCSD Ethnic Studies, Chris taught in the Department of American Studies at the University of Kansas and was a Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow in residence at UCLA’s Chicano Studies Research Center.

Research and Teaching

Race and Medicine, Chicanx-Latinx Studies, Critical Ethnic Studies, American Studies, Gender & Sexuality, Speculative Fiction, Environmental Racism/Justice, Critical Prison Studies

Recent Publications

Archiving Medical Violence: Consent and the Carceral State. University of Minnesota Press, forthcoming.

“Consumed by Disease: Medical Archives, Latino Fictions, and Carceral Health Imaginaries.” In Captivating Technology: Race, Carceral Technoscience, and Liberatory Imagination in Everyday Life, ed. Ruha Benjamin. Durham: Duke University Press, 2019.

“Speculative Futurity & the Eco-Cultural Politics of Lunar Braceros: 2125-2148.” In Latinx Environmentalisms: Place, Justice, and the Decolonial, eds. David J. Vázquez, Sarah D. Wald, and Priscilla Solis Ybarra, Sarah Jaquette Ray. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2019.