Patricia A. Pérez, Ph.D.

Professor of Chicana and Chicano Studies

Patricia Perez

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Dept: 657-278-3731





Ph.D., Higher Education and Organizational Change, University of California, Los Angeles

Ed.M., Administration, Planning and Social Policy, Harvard University

B.A., Chicana/o Studies, University of California, Los Angeles


Dr. Patricia A. Pérez received her doctorate from the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies. Her dissertation focused on the college choice process of Chicana and Chicano community college, transfer and university students in public postsecondary institutions in California. Dr. Pérez is the recipient of the 2008 American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education/Educational Testing Service Kurt M. Landgraf Outstanding Dissertation Award. Born and raised in Ventura County, California, Dr. Pérez is a first-generation college student from Santa Paula, the "citrus capital of the world," with family roots in Guanajuato and Sonora, México, as well as southern Arizona. She received a B.A. in Chicana/o Studies and an Ed.M. from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education with an emphasis in Administration, Planning and Social Policy. While a doctoral student she served as a research analyst for the National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing. Before joining UCLA, Dr. Pérez worked in student affairs at the Stanford University School of Medicine and for the Upward Bound program at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Dr. Pérez teaches courses on Chicana/o and Latina/o education and gender using critical and feminist theoretical frameworks.


Pérez, P.A. (Ed). (2019). The Tenure-Track Process for Chicana and Latina Faculty: Experiences of Resisting and Persisting in the Academy. New York, NY: Routledge.

Pérez, P.A.   & Zarate, M.E. (Eds). (2017). Facilitating educational access for migrant farmworkers students in the U.S.   New York, NY: Routledge.

López Figueroa, J.,   Pérez, P.A., & Vega, I.I. (2016).  (Re)Constructing masculinity: Understanding college experiences among Latino males.  In. V. Sáenz , L. Ponjuan, & J. López Figueroa (Eds.).  Ensuring the success of Latino males in higher education: A new national imperative.Opens in new window   Sterling, VA: Stylus Publishing. 

Pérez, P.A.   & Ceja, M.A. (Eds.). (2015).   Higher education access and choice for Latino students: Critical findings and theoretical perspectives.Opens in new window   New York, NY: Routledge.

Pérez, P.A., Rodríguez, J.L., & Guadarrama, J. (2015). Rising voices: College opportunity and choice among Latina/o undocumented students. In P.A. Pérez & M. Ceja (Eds.),   Higher education access and choice for Latina/o students: Critical findings and theoretical perspectivesOpens in new window   (pp. 84-93). New York, NY: Routledge.

Zavala, M.,   Pérez, P.A., González, A., & Díaz Villela, A. (2014).     Con respeto: A conceptual model for building healthy community-university partnerships alongside Mexicana/o migrant families.Opens in new window  Journal of Critical Thought and Praxis3(2), 1-31.

Santizo, W. V. &   Pérez, P.A.   (2014). Burnt tortillas: (Mis)education through interwoven storytelling.   Regeneración: Association of Raza Educators Journal, 5(1),13-17.  

Huang, D., Kim, K.S., Cho, J., Marshall, A., &   Pérez, P.A.   (2011).    Keeping kids in school:  A study examining the long-term impact of afterschool enrichment programs on students’ high school dropout rates.Opens in new window     Journal of Contemporary Issues in Education, 6(1), 4-23. 

Pérez, P.A.   & Rodríguez, J.L. (2011).  Creating access and opportunity for Latino undocumented college students: Familial and institutional support factors   Association of Mexican American Educators Journal, 5(1), 14-21.

Ceja, M.A. &   Pérez, P.A.   (2010).    Educational Opportunity and Latino/Chicano College Choice:  New Findings and Theoretical Perspectives.  In E. Baker, B. McGaw, & P. Peterson (Eds.),   International Encyclopedia of Education- Sociology, Demography and Social Change- 3rd   Edition.   Oxford, England: Elsevier, Inc.

Pérez, P.A.   & Ceja, M. (2010).    Building a Latina/o student transfer culture: Best practices and outcomes in transfer to universities.Opens in new window     Journal of Hispanic Higher Education, 9(1), 6-21.

Pérez, P.A.   (2010, Winter).   The college choice process of Latina/o undocumented students: Implications for recruitment and retention.PDF File   Journal of College Admission, 206,   21-25.

Cerna, O.S.,   Pérez, P.A., & Sáenz, V.B. (2009).    Examining the pre-college attributes and values of Latina/o bachelor’s degree attainers.Opens in new window     Journal of Hispanic Higher Education, 8(2), 130-157.

Avila, J., German, K., Guadarrama, J., Olivas, M.,   Pérez, P.A., Rodriguez, C., Rodriguez, R, & Vidrios, M. (2008).    Undocumented college dreams:  The college choice process of Latina/o AB 540 students.  Fullerton, CA:  ENLACE Research Report.

Pérez, P.A.   (2008).  Scholars’ Corner.    The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education, 18(15), 40.   

Pérez, P.A.   & McDonough, P.M. (2008).    Understanding Latina and Latino college choice:  A social capital and chain migration analysis.Opens in new window    Journal of Hispanic Higher Education, 7(3), 249-265.