Christopher Michael Perreira, Ph.D.

International & Interdisciplinary Studies - American Studies
Assistant Professor
Primary office:
785-864-1980
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. He has an article forthcoming in the Journal of Transnational American Studies and the chapter “Consumed by Disease: Latino Fictions and the Carceral Health Imaginary,” in a collection edited by Ruha Benjamin 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

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

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