Juan F. Perea specializes in the legal history of race and racism in the United States, constitutional law and employment law. He is visiting during the Winter 2022 term from Loyola University Chicago, where he serves as the Curt and Linda Rodin Professor of Law and Social Justice.

Professor Perea's work has appeared in Harvard Law Review, California Law Review, New York University Law Review, Michigan Law Review, and UCLA Law Review, among others. He is the author and editor of three books, Race and Races: Cases and Resources for a Diverse America (West Academic, 3rd ed. 2015), Latinos and the Law (West Academic, 2008, 2021) and Immigrants Out! The New Nativism and the Anti-Immigrant Impulse in the United States (NYU Press, 1997). He has served as a visiting professor at Harvard Law School, Boston College Law School, and the University of Colorado School of Law. 

Professor Perea consults regularly with civil rights organizations. He has testified before the United States Senate and the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.

Prior to entering academia, Professor Perea worked as a field attorney for the National Labor Relations Board in Region One (New England). He worked from 1987-89 at Ropes & Gray in Boston, specializing in labor and employment law. Following law school, he clerked for the Hon. Bruce M. Selya, U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.