Daniel Enrique Perez, Ph.D.

Associate Dean of Diversity and Inclusion, College of Liberal Arts; Associate Professor, Spanish
Daniel Enrique Perez


Daniel Enrique Pérez was appointed associate dean for the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Nevada, Reno in 2019. He also is an associate professor of Chicanx and Latinx studies in the Department of World Languages and Literatures and formerly served as the director of the Core Humanities program. He is also a faculty associate of the Gender, Race and Identity program.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts in mathematics, an master's degree in comparative literature, and a Ph.D. in Spanish with an emphasis on Chicana/o literature.

His research focuses on the intersections of gender, ethnicity and sexuality, especially concerning queer Chicana/o identities. He is a founding member of the Association for Jotería Arts, Activism and Scholarship (AJAAS) and of Teatro Bravo, a Latino theater company in Phoenix. Besides his research in Jotería studies, he has published several works related to theater and performance.

Research interests

  • Chicanx and Latinx cultural production: literature, theater, art, history and film
  • Comparative gender, race, ethnicity and sexuality studies
  • Masculinities studies and women-of-color feminism
  • Queer theory and Jotería studies
  • Transnationalism, globalization, and immigration studies

Courses taught

  • CH 203: American Experiences and Constitutional Change
  • SPAN 792: Chicana/o-Latina/o Cultural Production
  • SPAN 442: Chicana/o-Latina/o Drama
  • WMST 419: Men, Machismos, and Masculinities
  • SPAN 357: Masterworks of Chicana/o-Latina/o Literature
  • SPAN 323: Chicana/o-Latina/o Culture
  • SPAN 227: Spanish for Heritage Speakers II
  • SPAN 226: Spanish for Heritage Speakers I


  • Latina/o Heritage on Stage: Dramatizing Heroes and Legends (Lion and the Seagoat 2015)
  • "Toward a Mariposa Consciousness: Reimagining Queer Chicano and Latino Identities" ( Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies, 2014; reprinted in The Chicano Studies Reader: An Anthology of Aztlán, 1970-2015, UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center Press, 2016)
  • "Jotería Epistemologies: Mapping a Research Agenda, Unearthing a Lost Heritage, and Building 'Queer Aztlán'" ( Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies, 2014)
  • "Reclaiming Puterías and Mariconadas: Decolonial Practices and Sexual Outlaws," in The Textual Outlaw: Reading John Rechy in the 21st Century. Edited by Manuel M. Martín-Rodriguez and Beth Hernández-Jason (University of Alcalá, Franklin Institute, 2015)
  • "Out in the Field: Mariposas and Chican@ Studies," in Queer in Aztlán: Chicano Male Recollections of Consciousness and Coming Out, edited by Adelaida R. Del Castillo and Gibrán Güido (Cognella Academic Publishing, 2013)
  • "(Re)Examining the Latin Lover: Screening Chicano/Latino Sexualities," in Performing the U.S. Latina and Latino Borderlands, edited by Arturo Aldama, Peter García and Chela Sandoval (Indiana UP, 2012)


  • Ph.D., Spanish (Chicana/o Studies), Arizona State University, 2004
  • M.A., Spanish (Comparative Literature), Arizona State University, 2000
  • B.A., Mathematics, Arizona State University, 1994