Languages: Fluent in English. Intermediate Spanish and ASL.
Robert was born and raised in San José, CA and is a proud first-generation college student. He received his A.A. degree in General Education before transferring to San José State University where he received his B.A. and M.A. in Communication Studies with a focus on critical communication pedagogy, feminist rhetoric, and queer performance studies. Later, he received his Ph.D. in Culture and Communication from the University of Denver. Throughout the process, Robert relied on the mentoring and guidance of women and women of color to navigate the multiple systems that placed hurdles in front of him. It is because of these experiences that I love to work with and engage with students through mentoring, social justice programming, and teaching.
Dr. Robert Gutierrez-Perez is a queer of color scholar, activist, and performance artist who resides as an Assistant Professor of Culture and Communication at the University of Nevada, Reno in the department of Communication Studies. His research and life revolves around the goal of empowering, remembering, and advocating for queer people of color with a particular focus on the LGBTQ Chicanx and Latinx community. For example, Gutierrez-Perez has not only taught courses in intercultural communication, gender and communication, public speaking, and social justice approaches to research at universities across the U.S. Southwest, including the University of Nevada, Reno, but he has nearly a decade of experience presenting workshops, papers, performances, and invited speeches on issues of advocacy, civic engagement, and social justice. Additionally, he is the co-editor of This Bridge We Call Communication: Anzaldúan Approaches to Theory, Method, and Praxis. Other research interests include critical intercultural communication, performance studies, critical communication pedagogy, and queer of color theory and critique. His most recent scholarly work has been published in academic journals, such as the Journal of International and Intercultural Communication, Liminalities: A Journal of Performance Studies, Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies, Qualitative Inquiry, and QED: A Journal in GLBTQ Worldmaking, as well in several books on race, gender, pedagogy, performance, queer theory, and critical/cultural studies.