Roy Pérez

Roy Pérez


  • Ph.D. English, New York University, 2012
  • M.A. English, New York University, 2009
  • B.A. English, Linguistics and Women’s Studies, University of Central Florida, 2004


  • Introduction to American Ethnic Studies (AES 150)
  • Latin@ Literature and Performance (ENGL 116w)
  • Introduction to Literary Theory (ENGL 202w)
  • Latin@ Countercultures (ENGL 381)
  • States of Anxiety: Race, Sex and National Panic in the Twentieth Century (Advanced Theory ENGL 458)
  • Ugly: Race, Gender, and the Politics of Desire (College Colloquium IDS 101)
  • Humanities Senior Seminar: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (HUM 497w)

Teaching Interests and Philosophy

Prof. Pérez's courses in the department of English cover U.S. Latin@ culture from the colonial encounter to the present, contemporary Latin@ media, Marxist literary theory, performance studies, critical race analysis, and queer studies. He also teaches core courses in the American Ethnic Studies program, including an introduction in which students interrogate the histories of racial formation in the Americas and apply critical race theories to cultural production such as literature, art, film, and television.

Prof. Pérez's classes emphasize interrogation and discussion over mastery and passive instruction. Conversations are directed in part by the agenda for the specific course as well as questions and tangents students find compelling or even urgent, given the day’s intellectual goals. Assignments include frequent informal writing tasks, blogging on public sites such as, and formal research projects that students plan and undertake over the course of the semester.


Prof. Pérez's research interests include comparative Latina/o studies, U.S. ethnic literatures, queer theory, and narrative theory. His current book project, Queer Figments of the Latin@ Imaginary, argues that nonwhite, sexually nonconforming figures in art and literature provide alternative accounts of some of our most important and mainstream moments in ethnic-American culture.  Including authors, painters, dramatists, and television characters ranging from Victorian-era writer Constance Fenimore Woolson to Justin in ABC’s television series Ugly Betty, Queer Figments views figures as mediums through which to reimagine the role of the ethnic subject in U.S. art and politics.



Queer Figments of the Latin@ Imaginary. Book manuscript under review. 

"Proto-Jot@s: Homonarrative Entrapment and the Queer Latina/o Child." Narrative, Race and Ethnicity in the Americas, eds. Jim Donahue, Jennifer Ho, and Shaun Morgan. In progress.

Poems & Essays

"Mark Aguhar's Critical Flippancy." Aug. 4, 2012. Bully Bloggers.

"If I Told You My Love Has Since Become...." Feb. 14, 2012. Glitter Tongue: Queer and Trans Love Poems

"Lessons in Solitude from Men." Oct. 27, 2011. TheThePoetry.

“Things We Both Know (Not Our Real Names).” FENCE Magazine 14:1-2 (Oct 2011). 179-182.

Lucha de gigantes,” “The First Night is the Safest,” and “Once a Year.” The Best of PANIC! Ed. Charlie Vázquez. New York, NY: Fireking Press. 2010. 148-153.


“Judith Ortiz Cofer.” Library of Hispanic American Biographies. New York: Scholastic, 2007.

“June Jordan.” Encyclopedia of African American Women Writers. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2007. 326-330.

“Gloria Anzaldúa.” Contemporary American Ethnic Poets. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2004. 29-32.

“Lorna Dee Cervantes.” Contemporary American Ethnic Poets. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2004. 59-62.