Bernadette J Perez

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1110 Heller Hall

271 19th Ave S


My dissertation explores the relationship between American settler colonialism and agrarian capitalism in Colorado from the turn of the twentieth century through World War II. At its heart, it is a social, cultural, environmental, and labor history of diverse migrant workers in the sugar beet industry. I have presented my work at annual meetings of the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association, the Western History Association, the American Society for Environmental History, the Organization of American Historians, and the Agricultural History Society. I am advised by David Chang and Erika Lee.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • B.A.: International Affairs, University of Colorado, Boulder, Boulder, CO, 2005.
  • M.A. : Latin American Studies, University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, 2010.
  • Ph.D. Candidate : U.S. History, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, Minneapolis, MN, 2013.


  • U.S. History
  • Modern Latin American History
  • Environmental and Agricultural History
  • Relational Race History
Courses Taught
  • HIST 3417: Food in History, Spring 2014
  • University of Minnesota Graduate School, Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, 2016 - 2017
  • Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change (ICGC) Fellow, 2015 - 2016
  • Council on Library and Information Resources Mellon Fellowship for Dissertation Research in Original Sources, September 2014 - August 2015
  • Sara Jackson Award, Western History Association, October 2014
  • DOVE Summer Pre-Dissertation Research Fellowship, Summer 2014
  • Huggins-Quarles Award, Organization of American Historians, April 2014
  • ICGC Pre-Dissertation Fellowship, Summer 2013
  • DOVE Summer Pre-Dissertation Research Fellowship, Summer 2012
  • Diversity of Views and Experiences (DOVE) Fellow, September 2011 - May 2012
  • Summer Research Fellowship, Center for Latino Policy Research, University of California, Berkeley, Summer 2008
  • Graduate Opportunity Fellowship, University of California, Berkeley, September 2007 - May 2008
  • Powers Award, Dean Mason of the Graduate Division, University of California, Berkeley, September 2007