Melina Juárez Pérez, PhD

she/they, Assistant Professor, At-Large Representative, UFWW


Melina Juárez Pérez earned her PhD in Political Science at the University of New Mexico in 2018. She joined Western Washington University in the fall of 2019 with a dual appointment in the Department of Political Science & Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies Program. Her work focuses on the intersections of class, gender, race, & sexuality & their role in shaping the lived experiences, health, & happiness of Latinx & queer people of color. 

Her work has been published in journals such as the Sociology of Race & Ethnicity, Policy Studies Journal, & Journal of Health Politics, Policy & Law.

Research Interests

  • Immigration, Latinx Studies, Gender & Sexuality

Current Courses

Fall 2023

  • PLSC 398 Immigration Politics

Spring 2024

  • PLSC 431 Senior Seminar - American Politics

Selected Publications

Treating immigrants like criminals has a long history in the US, The Monkey Cage, Washington Post

Surge in LGBTQ+ and Women of Color Candidates, Yet Obstacles Remain for LGBTQ+ Voters, The Forum, Urban Affairs Review

Juárez, Melina, Gomez-Aguiñaga, Bárbara, and Sonia Bettez. 2018. “20 Years After IIRIRA: The Effects of Immigrant Detention on Latinx Communities Across the Nation,” Journal on Migration and Human Security, 6(1): 74-96.

Vargas, Edward, Sanchez, Gabriel R., and Melina Juárez. 2017. "Fear by Association: Perceptions of Anti-Immigrant Policy and Health Outcomes." Journal of Health Politics, Policy, and Law, 42(3).


MDJuarez_CV 2022 Dec.pdf (253.29 KB)