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Orlando J. Perez

Dean, School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, University of North Texas at Dallas

Orlando J. Pérez is Dean of the School of Liberal Arts & Sciences and Professor of Political Science at the University of North Texas at Dallas. He has been a member of ACAD since 2014 and served as an ACAD Fellow in 2020-21 and a member of the Annual Meeting Program Committee for the 2023 meeting. Dr. Pérez served as Associate Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences (AHSS) at Millersville University of Pennsylvania from 2014-19. He chaired the Department of Political Science at Central Michigan University (CMU) from 2009-13 and directed the Cultural and Global Studies Programs at the College of Humanities and Social & Behavioral Sciences (CHSBS) also at CMU (2013-14), where he rose through the ranks of faculty (1998-2014). As an administrator, Dr. Pérez’s record includes extensive experience with global studies, strategic planning, shared governance, assessment and accreditation, curricular development, and promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion. His teaching and research interests include comparative politics, Latin American politics, U.S.-Latin American relations, civil-military relations, public opinion, and empirical democratic theory. He is the author of Civil-Military Relations in Post-Conflict Societies: Transforming the Role of the Military in Central America (2015); The Historical Dictionary of El Salvador (2016); Political Culture in Panama: Democracy after Invasion (2011). Co-editor of Democracy and Security in Latin America: State Capacity and Governance under Stress (2022); and Latin American Democracy: Emerging Reality or Endangered Species? (1st ed, 2009; 2nd ed, 2015); and editor of Post-Invasion Panama: The Challenges of Democratization in the New World Order (2000). He received a B.S. in Biochemistry from the University of Miami, a B.A. in political science from Florida International University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from the University of Pittsburgh.

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