Ph. D., English and American Literatures, Stanford University, 1989.
M. A., Modern American Literature, Loyola-Marymount University, 1984.
B. A., English Literature and Ancient History, Loyola-Marymount University, 1982, Cum Laude.
Postmodern theory and culture; Chicano cultural studies; Chicano poetry, postcolonial studies, race and Chicano culture; Multicultural literature; Contemporary American literature.
Biography and Interests
Professor Rafael Pérez-Torres specializes in studying the intersection of contemporary U. S. culture with social configurations of race, ethnicity, gender and sexuality. He is particularly interested in the intersection between contemporary multicultural production and theories of postcoloniality and postmodernity.
Pérez-Torres has served on the editorial boards of such journals as America Literary History, American Literature, Aztlán, and Contemporary Literature. He regularly teaches courses on Chicano/a literature and culture, postmodernism and multiculturalism, and the novel and its theories. Before coming to UCLA, he held positions at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the University of Pennsylvania, and UC Santa Barbara.
Mestizaje: Critical Uses of Race in Chicano Culture. University of Minnesota Press, 2006.
To Alcatraz, Death Row, and Back: Memories of an East L.A. Outlaw. Written with Ernie López. University of Texas Press, 2005.
The Chicano Studies Reader: An Anthology of Aztlán 1970-2000. Co-editor with Chon Noriega, Eric Avila, MaryKaren Davilos, and Chela Sandoval. Chicano Studies Research Center Publications, 2001. Revised edition 2010.
Movements in Chicano Poetry - Against Myths, Against Margins. Cambridge University Press, 1995.
"Chicano Hip Hop and Postmodern Mestizaje." The Chicana/o Cultural Studies Reader. Angie Charam-Dernersesian, ed. Routledge Press, 2006, pp. 324-339.
- 2014 Department Book Talks Mar 04, 2014
- Summer Internship Opportunity form the UCLA Downtown Labor Center Mar 03, 2014
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- MEChA de UCLA Raza Graduation 2014 Jan 27, 2014
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