Laura E. Pérez, Ph.D.

Professor of Chicano/Latino Studies and Chair

Professor of Chicano/Latino Studies and Chair
University of Berkeley
2547 Channing Way,
Berkeley, CA 94704
Phone (510) 642-6903
Email leperez@berkeley.edu

Areas of Expertise:

  • African diaspora
  • Art History
  • Arts Administration
  • Caribbean History
  • Chicana/Latina Feminist & Queer literary
  • Chicano Studies
  • children and families
  • Children and Youth
  • Cinema
  • Civil Rights
  • Colonial Exploitation of the Hispanic Caribbean
  • Criminal justice
  • Cuba
  • Cuban Studies
  • Cultural Studies
  • Dominican Studies
  • Economic Development
  • Education
  • Education Leadership
  • Education Politics
  • Environmental Justice
  • Ethnicity & Race
  • Family
  • Feminist/critical pedagogies
  • human rights
  • Identity
  • Immigration
  • Immigration Policy
  • Immigration policy and practice
  • Labor
  • Latino Politics
  • Literature
  • Migration
  • Museums & Culture
  • Nationalism/Transnationalism in the Americas
  • Neoliberalism
  • performance arts; US women of color thought; decolonial aesthetics and decolonial spiritualities
  • poetry
  • Politics of Race and Ethnicity
  • Popular Culture
  • Poverty
  • Puerto Rican and Latino Studies
  • Qualitative Methods
  • Race & Ethnicity
  • Race/Ethnic/Gender Health Disparities
  • Settment
  • Social Welfare Reform
  • The Caribbean
  • U.S. and transnational social and political movements
  • U.S. Latinx History
  • U.S.-Cuba Relations
  • U.S.-Latin American Relations
  • U.S.-Mexico Border Dynamics
  • Urban politics
  • visual
  • Visual Arts
  • Visual Culture
  • Voting Rights Policy
  • Women's literacy
  • Youth
  • youth and protective services
  • Youth in the Americas

Laura Elisa Pérez is a professor in the Department of Ethnic Studies, and Chair of the Latinx Research Center, an interdisciplinary and transAmericas research hub at the University of California, Berkeley. She is a core faculty member of the doctoral program in Performance Studies and an affiliated faculty member of the Department of Women’s Studies and the Center for Latin American Studies. Pérez received her Ph.D. from Harvard University and a BA/MA Joint Degree from The University of Chicago. Pérez curated UC Berkeley’s first Latina/o Performance Art series, co-curated Chicana Badgirls: Las Hociconas in 2009, in Albuquerque, NM, and curated Labor+a(r)t+orio: Bay Area Latina@ Arts Now at the Richmond Arts Center, CA in 2011. Pérez is the author of Chicana Art: The Politics of Spiritual and Aesthetic Altarities (Duke University Press, 2007), a work in which she theorized the concepts of decolonial aesthetics and decolonial spiritualities, and analyzed an archive of the work of more than forty visual, literary, and performance artists. Her new book manuscript, Ero-Ideologies: Writings on Art, Spirituality, and the Decolonial is forthcoming by Duke University Press 2018. She is at work on an anthology on the work of multi-media artist Consuelo Jiménez Underwood.