- Bachelor of Arts, University of Notre Dame, 1990
- Master of Arts, Northwestern University, 1996
- Doctor of Philosophy, Northwestern University, 2000
Before coming to Oberlin in 2003 as one of the first Comparative American Studies faculty, Professor Gina Perez was a research associate at the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College, CUNY. She also taught at Northwestern University where she had her first experience teaching CBL courses through Northwestern's Chicago Field Studies Program. Her expertise is in Latino studies. In the 04-05 school year, Professor Perez received a grant from the CSL to teach her Situated Research Practicum , CAS 301 , which students take in conjunction with CAS 300, Situated Research. Taken together, CAS 300 and CAS 301 combine classroom-based discussion of methodologies and theory with field research drawn from weekly fieldwork in an internship or placement of the student's choice.