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)
  • Introduction to Creative Writing (ENGL 135)
  • Latina/o 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)
  • Humanities Senior Seminar: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (HUM 497w)
  • Ugly: Race, Gender, and the Politics of Desire (College Colloquium 2012)
  • Queer Drama: AIDS, Race, and the Performance of Sexuality (College Colloquium 2014)

Areas of Teaching

Roy Pérez's courses in the department of English cover U.S. Latina/o culture from the colonial encounter to the present, contemporary Latina/o 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.


Roy Pérez's research interests include comparative Latina/o studies, U.S. ethnic literatures, queer theory, and narrative theory. His current book project, Proximities: Queer Configurations of Race in Latina/o Culture, offers closeness as a critical alternative for understanding how art represents and reimagines racial identity. Examining the work of authors, painters, dramatists, as well as television and popular culture, ranging from Victorian-era writer Constance Fenimore Woolson to the character Justin on ABC’s Ugly Betty, Proximities examines cross-racial relationships, encounters, and artistic representation in Latina/o culure as instances of personal, political and historical reckoning with the very notion of latinidad



Proximities: Queer Configurations of Race in Latina/o Culture. Book manuscript in progress. 

"Homo-Narrative Capture, Racial Proximity, and the Queer Latino Child." Narrative, Race and Ethnicity in the Americas, eds. Jim Donahue, Jennifer Ho, and Shaun Morgan. Under development at Ohio State University Press.

"La Maldad de Martin Wong: Approximating Nuyorico." Article under review. 

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.

Professional Affiliations

Regional delegate for the Modern Language Association, Western U.S. and Western Canada. 2015-2018. 

Member of the Sexual Politics/Sexual Poetics working group.