Bernadette J. Pérez
Bernadette Pérez received her B.A. in International Affairs from the University of Colorado-Boulder, her M.A. in Latin American Studies from the University of California-Berkeley, and her Ph.D. in History from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. She is a historian of race, labor, the environment, migration, and empire in the United States, with a particular focus on the histories of Mexican, Mexican American, and American Indian people. Her current manuscript project, provisionally titled “Before the Sun Rises: Contesting Power and Cultivating Nations in the Colorado Beet Fields,” uses the history of the sugar beet industry in Colorado to tell a story about land, power, and resistance in the post-Civil War United States. Her research has received fellowship support from the Council on Library and Information Resources, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the University of Minnesota, and the University of California Center for Latino Policy Research, as well as research awards from the Organization of American Historians and the Western History Association. At Princeton, she will complete her book manuscript, and teach courses cross-listed in American Studies and History. This fall, she will teach a course on the history of sugar. In the spring of 2018, she will teach a freshman seminar on “Land and Power,” which will center the land in the history of U.S.-Indigenous relations.