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Faculty and Administration Profiles

Juan F. Perea

Title/s:  Curt and Linda Rodin Professor of Law and Social Justice

Specialty Area: Constitutional Law, professional responsibility, employment law, and race relations

Office #:  Corboy 1432

Phone: 312.915.7807

Email: jperea@luc.edu

CV Link: Perea CV


Juan Perea joined Loyola University Chicago’s full-time law faculty in 2011. Prior to joining Loyola, he was the Cone, Wagner, Nugent, Johnson, Hazouri & Roth Professor of Law at the University of Florida Levin College of Law. He has also served as a visiting professor at Harvard Law School, Boston College Law School, and the University of Colorado School of Law.  During the 2012-13 academic year, he was the Lee Distinguished Chair in Constitutional Law at John Marshall Law School.  In 2011, he was the Reuschlein Distinguished Visiting Professor at Villanova Law School.  Perea has written extensively on racial inequality, the legal history of race relations in the United States, and the civil rights of Latinos.  His articles have appeared in Harvard Law Review, California Law Review, New York University Law Review, Michigan Law Review, UCLA Law Review, Minnesota Law Review and William and Mary Law Review, among others.   Upon graduation from law school, he clerked for the Hon. Bruce M. Selya, U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit. He joined the Boston law firm Ropes & Gray, where he specialized in labor and employment law.  In addition to his experience in private practice, he spent a year as an attorney for the National Labor Relations Board (Region One). He has testified as an expert before the U.S. Senate, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.


BA, magna cum laude, University of Maryland
JD, magna cum laude, Boston College

Research Interests

Racial inequality, the legal history of race relations in the United States, and civil rights of Latinos

Professional & Community Affiliations

American Law Institute
Order of the Coif
Phi Beta Kappa
Phi Kappa Phi

Courses Taught

Constitutional Law, Professional Responsibility, Critical Theory Seminar, Employment Law, and Race Relations

Selected Publications

Denying the Violence: The Missing Constitutional Law of Conquest, 24 U. Penn. J. Const. L. 1205 (2022) (exploring how the Constitution’s design, and constitutional law, enabled and ratified the conquests of Native America, Mexico, and Puerto Rico)
Race and Races: Cases and Resources for a Diverse America (4th ed. West Academic 2022) (with Delgado, Cuison Villazor, and James) (exploring constitutional text, history, constitutional decisions on Race, Equal Protection, Affirmative Action, Education, First Amendment, Fourth Amendment, Immigration, Indian Law, Criminal Law, and Plenary Powers)
Teacher's Manual, Race and Races (2023) (with Delgado, Cuison Villazor, and James)
Book Chapter:
From Slave Codes to Mass Deportations: Policing the Boundaries of the White Republic, in Ramon Gutiérrez and Kathleen Belew, eds., A Field Guide to White Supremacy (U. Cal. Press 2021)
Immigration Policy as a Defense of White Nationhood, 12 Geo. J. Law & Modern Critical Race Perspectives 1 (2020)
Works in Progress:
Debunking Affirmative Action's Pretzel Logic, responding to SFFA v. Harvard, in American Journal of Law and Equality (forthcoming 2024) (contribution invited by Martha Minow, Eds. Minow, Cass Sunstein, Randy Kennedy)
Conquest by Law, a book project analyzing the roles of constitutional law and common law in the conquests of Native America, Mexico, and Puerto Rico.