Dr. Lorna Perez is an associate professor of English, teaching courses in Latina/o literature, ethnic minority literatures of the United States, women's literature, contemporary literature, 20th century American literature, and popular culture/cultural studies. She received her doctorate from the University at Buffalo in 2008 where she wrote a dissertation on Latina literature and the architecture of empire. She specializes in Latina/o literature, though her research interests also include ethnic literatures of the United States, postcolonialism, diaspora, feminism, borderland theory, cultural studies and the literatures of the global south.
She is the faculty advisor and sponsor of the Alpha Pi Chi chapter of Sigma Tau Delta (the International English Honor Society) here at Buffalo State. In addition to her work in the English Department, Dr. Perez also works with a variety of interdisciplinary committees and boards, including the Women and Gender Studies Program, the McNair Scholars Program, and the Educational Opportunity Program. In the summer of 2014, she was elected interim Chair of the English Department for academic year 2014-2015. She was the recipient of the Muriel A. Howard Presidential Award for the Promotion of Equity and Campus Diversity for 2017-2018.
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