Jesús Pérez graduated from the University of Texas-Pan American (UTPA) in 2011 with a B.A. in History and a minor in Political Science, and an M.A. in Texas history in 2014. He is currently a Ph.D. student studying 20th Century U.S. history and American Western history, with research interests in Mexican-American history, Chicana/o studies, Religion and Labor in the American West. Directing his research is Dr. David M. Wrobel, the Merrick Chair in Western History.