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Dr. Perez teaches courses in the criminal justice field and has significant experience also in the sociological theory area. His classroom foci include the study of the police, law and society, the drug war, and introductory level courses.
Dr. Perez was an undergraduate at Berkeley during the tumultuous years of the late 1960s, graduating in 1970. He then spent time as a police officer and correctional officer between 1970 and 1975. Since that time he has taught at the community college, state college, private college, and university levels on a dozen campuses around the nation. Dr. Perez has lived and taught in California, Vermont, Missouri, and New York.
Dr. Perez has taught and coached (in the sports of Olympic rowing and football) for over 20 years. While he has done some important research, he considers himself a classroom teacher first. He notes that, "the process of obtaining an education is most critically focused upon learning oral, written, and critical skills that will last a lifetime. Learning how to analyze arguments, how to weigh information, how to see through perspectives, and so forth is what college is all about."