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Raúl Pérez

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Raúl Pérez

Assistant Professor
Sturm Hall 440
Phone: 303-871-6598
Email: [email protected]
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areas of expertise/research interests

Race/ethnicity and racisms; social inequality; culture; ethnographic/qualitative methods; law and society; social movements; humor/comedy studies 

professional biography

Raúl Pérez is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and Criminology at the University of Denver. His research centers on the intersections of race, racism and humor and their connections to social inequality and social movements. He is currently studying the intersections of comedy, politics and social movements in Italy.

Dr. Pérez's research has been awarded by the American Sociological Association, and has been featured in media such as Time, The Grio, and Zócalo Public Square.

Professor Pérez teaches Racial and Ethnic Relations, Understanding Social Life, Social Problems, and Comedy and Society


PhD   Sociology, University of California, Irvine
MA    Sociology, University of California, Irvine
BA     Sociology, University of California, Irvine


Pérez, R. (Forthcoming) "Racism Without Hatred? Racist Humor and the Myth of Color-blindness." Sociological Perspectives.

Pérez, R. 2017. "Race, Gender, and Comedy Awards: From Civil Rights to Color-Blindness." Comedy Studies 8(1).

Pérez, R. 2016. "Racist Humor: Then and Now." Sociology Compass. doi:10.1111/soc4.12411

Pérez, R. and Greene, V. 2016. “Debating Rape Jokes vs. Rape Culture: Framing and Counter-Framing Misogynistic Comedy.” Social Semiotics 26(3): 265-282.

Pérez, R. 2014. "Brownface Minstrelsy: 'José Jiménez,' the Civil Rights Movement, and the Legacy of Racist Comedy." Ethnicities 16(1): 40-67.
     *Winner: 2015 ASA Section on Latina/o Sociology Cristina Maria Riegos

Graduate Student Paper Award

Pérez, R. 2013. “Learning to Make Racism Funny in the ‘Color-Blind’ Era: Stand-Up Comedy Students, Performance Strategies, and the (Re)Production of Racist Jokes in Public.”  Discourse & Society  24(4): 478-503.
     *Winner: 2015 ASA Section on Racial and Ethnic Minorities (SREM) Oliver Cromwell Cox Article Award