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William Perez, an immigrant from El Salvador, is a professor in the School of Education at Loyola Marymount University. He received his BA in psychology from Pomona College and his Ph.D. in Child and Adolescent Development and Educational Psychology from Stanford University. His research focuses on the social and psychological processes associated with academic success and higher education access among immigrant, undocumented, indigenous, and deported students in the U.S. and Mexico. He has received awards for his scholarly work from the American Educational Research Association, the Association for the Study of Higher Education, the American Educational Studies Association, and the Fulbright Scholars program. He has been interviewed or quoted in various media outlets including NBC Nightly News, the LA Times, the Washington Post, PBS, and NPR. The impact of his scholarship has been recognized by Education Week’s annual ranking of the top university-based scholars in the U.S. who are doing the most to influence educational policy and practice.


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