William Perez, Ph.D.

headshot of SOE professor Will Perez

Dr. William Perez, an immigrant from El Salvador, is co-chair of SOE's DAC, a professor in its Department of Educational Leadership and Administration, and the school's inaugural Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. He received his B.A. in psychology from Pomona College and his Ph.D. in Child and Adolescent Development and Educational Psychology from Stanford University.

Perez's 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 and quoted in various media outlets including NBC Nightly News, the L.A. 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.