Héctor A. Peralta is a PhD Candidate in American Studies at Yale University whose research broadly explores immigration, racial formation, and competing sovereignties at the U.S.-Mexico border. His dissertation project, “Valley of Opportunity: Race, Education, and Citizenship in San Diego, CA,” examines the history of education NGO’s that serve “under-represented minorities” in San Diego County from 1990 to 2016. He analyzes how administrators, educators, and students within these organizations understand race and citizenship vis-à-vis the place-based relationality between Native and indigenous communities, Latinx migrants, and Middle Eastern refugees.
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.