Raul Nguyen-Perez

Assistant Professor

  • Faculty
  • Department of Sociology and Criminology

Professional Biography

Raúl Pérez is Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and Criminology at the University of Denver. Pérez received his PhD from the University of California, Irvine in 2015. His research and teaching interests span several areas, including race/ethnicity and racisms, social inequality, law and society, culture, theory, and humor/comedy studies. His current research examines how racial discourse shifted in the US from the pre-civil rights era to the present, with an eye on how racist humor evolved in the world of comedy as a result of the civil rights movement. His works appear in Discourse & Society (2013), Ethnicities (2016) and Social Semiotics (2016). He received the 2015 Oliver C. Cox Article Award from the American Sociological Association’s Section on Racial and Ethnic Minorities and the 2015 Cristina Maria Riegos Graduate Student Paper Award from the Latina/o Sociology Section. His research has been featured in Time magazine, The Grio, and Latina Rebels.


  • Ph.D., Sociology, University of California, Irvine, 2015