Perla Guerrero

Faculty Advisor: Status: Alumna

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Biographical Sketch

Perla M. Guerrero is a doctoral candidate in American Studies and Ethnicity. She holds a B.A. in Communications (2003) from the University of Central Arkansas and an M.A. in American Studies and Ethnicity (2007) from the University of Southern California. Her research interests include U.S. History, Latina/o Studies, Geography, race and ethnicity, and immigration. Her dissertation is about state and community discourse and responses to Vietnamese and Cuban refugees, and Latina/o immigrants in Arkansas, 1975-2005. She is particularly interested in how political economy, region, race, and immigration intersect and make Arkansas into a particular kind of place. She is honored to work with George Sanchez (advisor, dissertation chair), and Ruth Wilson Gilmore, Laura Pulido, and Terry Seip (dissertation committee members). Perla was born in Guanajuato, México, moved to suburban Los Angeles in the mid-1980s, and subsequently to Northwest Arkansas in the mid-1990s where her experiences triggered her interest in identity and immigration. She loves Los Angeles and enjoys visiting Mexico and other parts of the world, listening to music, and is learning to speak Portuguese and Japanese.


  • B.A. Univ Central Arkansas, 05/2005
  • M.A. American Studies and Ethnicity, University of Southern California, 2007



  • Department of American Studies & Ethnicity
  • University of Southern California
  • 3620 South Vermont Avenue
  • Kaprielian Hall 462
  • Los Angeles, California 90089-2534