Dr. Emma Pérez Video Capsule

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Biography: Emma Pérez, Ph.D.

Professor & Research Social Scientist – University of Arizona

Dr. Emma Pérez earned a PhD in history from the University of California, Los Angeles. She recently joined the University of Arizona as a Research Social Scientist at the Southwest Center and a Professor in the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies. Pérez has published fiction, essays, and the history monograph, The Decolonial Imaginary: Writing Chicanas into History (1999). Pérez’s first novel, Gulf Dreams, was published in 1996 and is considered one of the first Chicanx queer/lesbian novels in print. Her second novel, Forgetting the Alamo, Or, Blood Memory (2009). Her latest novel, Electra’s Complex, is an academic mystery published in spring 2015. A dystopic novella, Chronicle of a Shifter, is forthcoming in 2023 with Arte Público Press and a collection of previously published essays and poems is forthcoming in December 2022 also with Arte Público Press.


Dr. Emma Pérez


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Friday July 15, 2022


The First 100: 50 Years of Chicanas Changing History

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University of Michigan

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