Faculty and Staff


Daniel Erique Perez

(775) 784-4447
Office: Thompson Building, Room 103

Daniel Enrique Pérez is an associate professor of Chicanx and Latinx studies in the Department of World Languages and Literatures and the director of the Core Humanities program at the University of Nevada, Reno, where he is also a faculty associate of the Gender, Race and Identity program.


Bretton Rodriguez, Lecturer

Bretton Rodriguez

(775) 784-4447


Office Location:  Thompson Building, room 102C

Bretton Rodriguez completed a Ph.D. in Literature at the University of Notre Dame. He is a specialist in the literature, history, and culture of medieval and early modern Iberia. His research focuses on connections between literature and history in medieval Europe. In particular, he uses the skills of both literary criticism and historical inquiry to examine the way that medieval histories evolved into sophisticated literary texts as well as impactful political propaganda that supported specific rulers, dynasties, communities, and ideas.



Adriana Varga 
(775) 682-6674
Office Location: Thompson Building 102B

Ariana Varga earned her Ph.D. in comparative literature from Indiana University-Bloomington and her Bachelor of Arts from Oberlin College. She specializes in British and American literature and culture, global Anglophone literatures, postcolonial and globalization theories, gender studies, modernism in a transnational context, postmodernism, diaspora and immigrant studies, inter-art studies, and translation. She is a Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation recipient. In Core Humanities, she teaches ancient and medieval cultures, and the modern world.

Stephen Lazer

Postdoctoral Fellow
(775) 682-6472
Office location: Thompson Building 102A

Stephen Lazer received his Ph.D. in history from the University of Miami in 2014. His research focuses on 17th- and 18th-century political and institutional history, specifically the interplay of French and German political cultures in early modern Alsace, and has an article coming out in the June 2016 volume of the "Journal of Early Modern History."


Nicholas-Martin Kearney
Administrative Assistant
(775) 784-4447
Office: Thompson Building, Room 102

Nicholas-Martin Kearney is a former general studies student at University of Nevada, Reno, who joined the Core Humanities Program as a temporary office assistant in February 2016. He was hired as the program's full-time administrative assistant in May 2016. Previously, he has worked in the nonprofit arts administration field and is Deputy Director of The Nevada LGBT Archives.

Karen Akre and Sidney Thomas 
Office Support Student Workers
(775) 784-4447
 Office:Thompson Building, Room 102