Héctor Peralta is a PhD Candidate in American Studies. His research broadly explores immigration, relational formations of race, and history of the U.S.-Mexico border. His dissertation examines the regional history of the San Diego metropolitan region, specifically the region known as East County. Through the use of ethnography, oral histories, and other archival materials, Hector analyzes relational histories between Kumeyaay and ethnic Mexican communities throughout the 20th century.
Peralta’s research has been supported by MMUF (Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship); the Social Science Research Council; the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University; the Yale Center for the Study of Race, Indigeneity, and Transnational Migration; the Yale Office for Graduate Student Development & Diversity; and the Intersectional, Queer, and Trans Materialism Initiative at Yale University.
Héctor graduated from Brown University, where he received a BA in Ethnic Studies and Education-Human Development. He grew up in El Centro, CA; Mexicali, Baja California; and El Cajon, CA.