Ph.D. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2012
Teaching and Research
Mario Rios Perez specializes in the history of education. Professor Perez's research and teaching interests include the historical construction of race, migration, transnationalism, Latina/o history, community and school relations, and the formation of urban schools. Prior to completing his doctoral work at Illinois, he completed a bachelor’s degree in history and Chicana/o Studies (double major) at UCLA and a master’s degree in higher education at the University of Redlands.
Perez is currently working on a series of journal articles that explore immigrant community formation, urban education, and race. He is also completing his first book, tentatively titled, Schools of the City: Race and the Education of Mexicans in the Urban North, which examines the interrelationship of race, nationalism, migration, and education in Chicago during the early twentieth century. Perez's research has been funded by the American Educational Research Association and the Spencer Foundation.