Christopher Michael Perreira, Ph.D.

International & Interdisciplinary Studies - American Studies
Assistant Professor
Primary office:
213J Bailey Hall
University of Kansas
1440 Jayhawk Blvd.
Lawrence, Kansas 66045


Christopher Perreira is assistant professor of American Studies at the University of Kansas. He is also associate faculty in KU’s Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies and the Latinx Studies Initiative, and served as director for the Latina/o Studies Minor (Spring 2017). He received his Ph.D. and B.A. in Literature and Cultural Studies at the University of California, San Diego, and an M.A. in English at the University of Connecticut. His work is interdisciplinary and focuses on carceral imaginaries and their circulation across time, space, and culture. Dr. Perreira serves as a student mentor for the KU’s McNair/Trio Program and teaches courses in critical prison studies, methods in American studies, and Chicana/o cultural studies.

He is completing a book entitled Manufacturing Prisoner-Patient Consent: Race, Memory, and Violence in the Medical Archive—a study of the transnational circulation of racialized criminality in literature, scientific journals, and medical documentation in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. His work can be found in the Journal of Transnational American Studies and in the forthcoming collection Captivating Technology: Race, Technoscience, and the Carceral Imagination (Duke University Press, forthcoming). For 2017-2018, Dr. Perreira will be a Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center.

Teaching Interests

  • American Studies
  • Ethnic Studies
  • Critical Prison Studies
  • Chicana/o Cultural Studies
  • Speculative Fiction

Research Interests

  • Chicano/a and Latino/a Literature and Culture
  • U.S. Multi-Ethnic Literatures
  • Critical Prison Studies
  • Critical Race and Ethnic Studies
  • Gender & Sexuality
  • Speculative Fiction

  • This article, written by Geoffrey Newman, was published in the August edition of the Kansas History Journal. Congratulations Geoffrey!
  • Rachel Schwaller and Saoussen Cheddadi successfully defended their respective dissertations on October 29, 2018. Congratulations, Drs. Schwaller and Cheddadi!
  • Congratulations to Ph.D. candidate Kathryn Vaggalis for being awarded the American Studies Association's 2018 Gene Wise-Warren Susman Prize!
  • Dr. Gamze Kati Gumus defended her dissertation with honors on May 10, 2018. Congratulations, Dr. Kati Gumus!
  • KU-AUMI InterArts  was recently featured by the Commons in a video on improving inclusive communities at KU. You can watch the video, which features our own Sherrie Tucker amongst other founders of the movement at KU, and learn more about AUMI here!
  • Congratulations to Professor Robert Warrior on being elected to a member of the prestigious American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
  • This articlewritten by Ph.D. candidate Hannah Bailey, was published in the latest edition of Soundings: An Interdisciplinary Journal. Congratulations, Hannah!
  • We would like to recognize Patrick Sumner, 2005 alumni, for his work in this article about the defacement of the John Brown memorial in the Quindaro area of Kansas City, Kansas.
  • Congratulations to Dr. Jonathan Burrow-Branine for successfully defending his dissertation with honors January 25, 2018.
  • Please read this article about Professor Robert Warrior titled: Native scholar uncomfortably at home in American studies field.
  • Congratulations to Daniel Carey-Whalen, an alumni that was recently promoted as UTEP's Centennial Museum director.
  • Congratulations to Josh Parshall, an alumni who was recently featured in this article.
  • How a motion-tracking musical software is breaking down barriers for people with disabilities: click here to read more about the Adaptive Use Musical Instrument (AUMI), a one-of-a-kind piece of inclusive technology that promotes musical improvisation. The article recognizes Professor Sherrie Tucker, who started AUMI jam sessions and helped to bring the grant and symposium for it to Lawrence. Written by Omar Sanchez
  • KU Special Education Department: With Ray Pence
  • Tribute Or Tribulation? How do we commemorate history? What is the best way to remember a conflicted and painful past? And who gets to decide? Listen here »
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