Dr. Ventura R. Pérez


2006 Ph.D. in Biological Anthropology, with distinction, University of Massachusetts Amherst
2000 Master of Arts in Biological Anthropology, with distinction, University of Massachusetts Amherst
1997 Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology, University of Iowa

Dr. Pérez is a bioarchaeologist whose research is embedded within a biocultural paradigm. His focus is on the poetics of violence (both interpersonal and institutional) in past and present human populations. His analysis of various types of trauma examines how the symbolic aspects of violence have the potential to create order and disorder depending on the specific social context within which the violence is expressed. Dr. Pérez is currently researching the use of performance violence in pre-Hispanic and post contact Mexico, is a consultant for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe, and is working with Dr. Nancy Scheper-Hughes at the site of Montes de Oca in Argentina. Contact him at vrperez@anthro.umass.edu.