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. Her critical work has appeared in numerous encyclopedias, as well as in Chicana/Latina Studies, Ethnic Studies Review, Label me Latina/o, The Journal of American Studies of Turkey, and the CEA Critic. Her creative work has been published in elimae, The Mississippi Review, Label me Latina, and BlazeVox18.
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 Honors' Program Board (where she served as a faculty fellow from 2018-2019), 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 and the EOP Faculty Merit Award for 2019.
Beyond the campus, Dr. Perez serves on the editorial board of Label me Latina and is currently serving as the guest editor of the Special Summer 2020 issue (Un)Natural Disasters: Sites of Resistance. The call for papers may be found here, and proposals are due February 5, 2020.
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