Dr. Patricia Pérez
Patricia A. Pérez, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor at California State University, Fullerton, in the College
of Humanities and Social Sciences in the Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies. While completing her
doctorate Dr. Pérez served as a Research Analyst at the National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards,
and Student Testing, and a Program Coordinator for the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Statewide Migrant
Student Leadership Institute. Before beginning her doctoral program, Dr. Pérez worked in student affairs at
the Stanford University School of Medicine and in outreach for the Upward Bound program at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Dr. Pérez’ research interests focus on U.S. educational inequalities with an emphasis on underrepresented
student populations. Other interests include: higher education access and equity, Latina/o college
choice, college persistence and retention, Latino-serving institutions, racial diversity in higher
education, examinations of the role of race/ethnicity, gender and immigrant status on college access, and
facilitating im/migrant college access through community-university partnerships. In her most recent
co-edited volume (with Miguel Ceja), Higher Education Access and Choice for Latino Students: Critical Findings
and Theoretical Perspectives published by Routledge in 2015, Dr. Pérez addresses the role of families, schools,
and policy, in shaping the college access and choice prospects and decisions for Latina/o students. The
volume shares varying conceptual and methodological approaches to highlight the complexity of the Latina/o
college choice process as well as contribute new theoretical and empirical understandings of how Latina/o
students engage in this process.
Dr. Pérez has presented her research at various national forums including the American Association of Hispanics
in Higher Education, the American Educational Research Association, the Association for the Study of Higher
Education, National Association for College Admission Counseling, and The Tomás Rivera Policy Institute. She is
the recipient of several awards including recognition for exceptional teaching, service, scholarship, and honors
for outstanding mentorship. She is the recipient of the 2008 American Association of Hispanics
in Higher Education/Educational Testing Service Outstanding Dissertation Award.
Dr. Pérez received a Master’s and Ph.D. from the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies in
Higher Education and Organizational Change. She also holds an Ed.M. with a concentration in Administration, Planning,
and Social Policy from Harvard University, and a B.A. from UCLA.