Ángela Pérez-Villa

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Ángela Pérez-Villa
Assistant Professor of Gender and Women's Studies and History
(269) 387-2561
3075 Moore Hall, Mail Stop 5365
Mailing address: 
Gender and Women's Studies
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5365 USA
  • Ph.D., History and Women's Studies, University of Michigan, 2017
  • M.A., History, University of Michigan, 2011
  • B.A., History, City University of New York (CUNY) — CCNY, 2009
Teaching interests: 
  • (Afro) Latin American history
  • War, violence and memory
  • Women of color feminisms
  • History of women, gender and sexuality
Research interests: 
  • Violence and daily life
  • Slavery and freedom
  • 19th-century gender and legal history

Ángela Pérez-Villa is a historian of Latin America, with a particular interest in the social, legal, and gender history of early nineteenth-century Colombia. After receiving her PhD from the University of Michigan's joint program in History & Women's Studies, she held a postdoctoral fellowship in the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida. Her current book project examines how during the wars of independence, political power and legal practice in southwestern Colombia were disputed and reconfigured locally on the terrains of family, sexuality, and gender. By piecing together fragments of daily life from the judicial archive, she centralizes the experiences of poor women and men of African descent who lived and interacted with the legal system during wartime.