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UW Faculty Staff Insider: Cluster hire in American Indian studies brings four new faculty to the UW

Submitted by Joanne De Pue on October 11, 2023 - 1:07pm
John-Carlos Perea, University of Washington
John-Carlos Perea, University of Washington

By Julia Park
UW Faculty Staff Insider

For the more than 1,500 new faculty members joining the University of Washington this fall, adjusting to a brand-new community of colleagues and students may be daunting. But for four new American Indian and Alaska Native hires, many of those foundations have already been laid.    

John-Carlos Perea (Mescalero Apache, Irish, German, Chicano) said that he first began visiting campus around 2013 at the invitation of professors in the School of Music. The relationships he built with students and faculty over the next 10 years, along with the histories of Native activism in the region, drew him to the UW.

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