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  • Professor of Comparative American Studies


  • BA, University of Notre Dame, 1990
  • MA, Northwestern University, 1996
  • PhD, Northwestern University, 2000


Before coming to Oberlin in 2003 as one of the first comparative American studies faculty, Professor Gina Pérez was a research associate at the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College, CUNY. She also taught at Northwestern University, where she had her first experience teaching CBL courses through Northwestern's Chicago Field Studies Program. Her expertise is in Latino studies.

In the 2004-05 school year, Professor Pérez received a grant from the CSL to teach her Situated Research Practicum, CAS 301, which students take in conjunction with CAS 300, Situated Research. Taken together, CAS 300 and CAS 301 combine classroom-based discussion of methodologies and theory with field research drawn from weekly fieldwork in an internship or placement of the student's choice.


  • Gina Perez Writes Op-ed

    June 11, 2018

    Gina Perez, professor of comparative American studies, wrote an op-ed about immigration reform that was published in the Morning Journal.

  • Shelley Lee, Yveline Alexis, Meredith Gadsby, and Gina Perez Co-Author Op-Ed

    January 3, 2018

    Shelley Lee, associate professor of history and comparative American studies, Yveline Alexis, assistant professor of Africana studies, Meredith Gadsby, associate professor of Africana studies, and Gina Perez, professor of comparative American studies, co-authored the op-ed “Selective Compassion: The US Approach to Haitians Hasn’t Changed in Hundreds of Years” in Truthout.

  • Bautista, Perez, Reyes Receive Grant

    April 21, 2017

    Adrian Bautista, assistant vice president of student life and instructor, Gina Perez, professor of comparative American studies, and Julio Reyes, Multicultural Resource Center assistant director and Latinx community coordinator, were recently awarded a grant from the Great Lakes Colleges Association's Oral History in the Liberal Arts (OHLA) mini-grant program for their “Latina/o/x Oral Histories of Northeast Ohio” course/project. Taught this semester as CAST 335, the project is an ongoing collaboration between Oberlin College students, staff, faculty and Latina/o/x residents and community organizations to document Latina/o/x histories and contemporary experiences throughout Northeast Ohio.

    The award includes a mini-grant for course and project development, as well as full support for participation in the OHLA oral history institute this summer at Kenyon College.

  • Gina Perez Authors Op-ed

    February 24, 2017

    Gina Perez, professor of comparative American studies, has written an op-ed "In defense of Ohio's sanctuary cities." The article was published in the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

  • Gina Perez Releases Book

    November 17, 2015

    Professor of Comparative American Studies Gina Perez’s new book “Citizen, Student, Soldier - Latina/o Youth, JROTC, and the American Dream” has been released by the New York University Press. Read more about the book on the NYU Press website.

  • Gina Pérez Interviewed by the Chicago Reporter

    January 23, 2014

    A Chicago Reporter article about junior ROTC programs in the Chicago public schools features an interview with Gina Pérez,the Eric and Jane Nord Associate Professor of Comparative American Studies. The article, “In Chicago schools’ Junior ROTC programs, some see a troubling trend”, notes that “Ninety-three percent of Chicago junior reserve cadets are African American or Hispanic, ... and more than 70 percent of junior reserve programs are offered in high schools located in majority-black or majority-Latino ZIP codes ....” Pérez told reporter Matthew Kovac that part of the program’s popularity in those segments of the population can be attributed to the fact that they allow “... working-class and minority youth an opportunity to dispel negative stereotypes and avoid profiling by associating themselves with one of the country’s most venerated.” Read the article.


Q&A with “What is Sanctuary?” Panelists

February 8, 2018
The concept of sanctuary is often part of today’s discussions about immigration, but the idea of providing sanctuary has ancient roots. Learn about the different meanings and practices during “What is Sanctuary?” on Tuesday, February 13.

2014-2015 Excellence in Teaching Awards Winners

February 19, 2016
Six faculty members from the College of Arts and Sciences and the Conservatory of Music received the Excellence in Teaching Award for the 2014-2015 academic year. The recipients were Associate Professor of Mathematics Jack Calcut; Professor of Hispanic Studies Sebastiaan Faber; Professor of Piano James Howsmon; Director of the Division of Conducting and Ensembles, Associate Professor of Conducting, and Director of the Oberlin Orchestra Raphael Jiménez; Professor of Comparative American Studies Gina Pérez; and Associate Professor of Jazz Studies Daniel Wall.