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


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


Race and Races: Cases and Resources for a Diverse America (2d ed. Thomson/West, 2007) (with Delgado, Harris, Stefancic and Wildman).

Editor and Contributor, Immigrants Out! The New Nativism and the Anti-Immigrant Impulse in the United States (N.Y.U. Press, 1997).

Latinos and the Law (Thomson/West, 2008) (with Delgado and Stefancic).


“Race and Constitutional Law: On Recognizing the Proslavery Constitution,” 111 Michigan Law Review 1123 (2013).

“The Echoes of Slavery: Recognizing the Racist Origins of the Agricultural and Domestic Worker Exclusion from the National Labor Relations Act,” 72 Ohio State Law Journal 95 (2011)

“An Essay on the Iconic Status of the Civil Rights Movement and its Unintended Consequences,” 18 Virginia Journal of Social Policy and the Law (2010).

 “Destined for Servitude,” 44 U.S.F. L. Rev. 245 (2009).

 “Buscando América: Why Integration and Equal Protection Fail to Protect Latinos,” 117 Harv. L. Rev. 1420 (2004).

“A Brief History of Race and the U.S.-Mexican Border: Tracing the Trajectories of Conquest,” 51 UCLA L. Rev. 283 (2003).

 “The Black and White Binary Paradigm of Race: Exploring the 'Normal Science' of American Racial Thought,” 85 Cal. L. Rev. 1213 (1998).

 “Los Olvidados: On the Making of Invisible People,” 70 N.Y.U. L. Rev. 965-91 (1995).

“Ethnicity and Prejudice: Reevaluating "National Origin" Discrimination Under Title VII,” 35 Wm. & Mary L. Rev. 805 (1994).

“Demography and Distrust: An Essay on American Languages, Cultural Pluralism, and Official English,” 77 Minn. L. Rev. 269 (1992).