Perla M. Guerrero is Assistant Professor in the Department of American Studies and the first core faculty member in the U.S. Latina/o Studies Program at the University of Maryland, College Park. She received her Ph.D. in American Studies and Ethnicity from the University of Southern California in 2010. Her research and teaching interests lie comparative race and ethnicity, immigration, space and place, labor, and 20th century U.S. history. As an interdisciplinary scholar, her work is informed by historical methods and human geography as they pertain to Latina/o Studies, American Studies, and the U.S. South. Last year Dr. Guerrero was a Latino Smithsonian Postdoctoral Fellow as well as Goldman Sachs Junior Fellow at the National Museum of American History.
She is currently working on her book manuscript tentatively titled, Latinas/os and Asians Remaking Arkansas: Race, Labor, Place, and Community, which explores how regional history and the labor sphere shaped social relations. As a whole, the project is about how globalized capital dramatically changed Northwest Arkansas and how White and Black folks and eventually Latinas/os and Asians negotiated issues of place, such as the meanings of race, labor, and community. The book explores the region’s racial formations throughout the twentieth century, how the labor sphere especially the poultry industry was a critical site for understandings of race, and how social relations changed with the arrival of Vietnamese and Cuban refugees and Latina/o immigrants at the end of the twentieth century.