Dr. Perillo previously taught at UC Berkeley, UCLA, California State University Dominguez Hills, Cornell University, and in 2019, he received the campus-wide Teaching Recognition Program Award for teaching excellence at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His research interests include dance and performance studies; race and racialization; Filipinx and transnational Asian American identities; Pacific Islander socialization; popular culture and postcolonialism; (im)migration, gender, and sexuality; queer of color and feminist theories and methodologies; environmental justice; diasporic identity and higher education; and global Hip-hop.
He was a Fulbright scholar to research Hip Hop in Asia for his new book, Choreographing in Color: Filipinos, Hip-hop, and the Cultural Politics of Euphemism (Oxford University Press 2020) which features interviews from over 80 key artists and organizers and utilizes bilingual ethnography, choreographic analysis, and community engagement to examine Black cultural expression in relation to Filipino racialization. His other research is featured in Amerasia Journal, Theatre Journal, International Journal of Asia-Pacific Studies, and Hip-hop(e): The Cultural Practice and Critical Pedagogy of International Hip-Hop.
In 2013, his essay If I Were Not in Prison, I Would Not Be Famous': Discipline, Choreography, and Mimicry in the Philippines, was recognized by the Society of Dance History Scholars with the prestigious Gertrude Lippincott Award, an annual award for the best English-language article in Dance Studies. His research has also received funding by the American Society for Theatre Research, Asian Cultural Council, Ford Foundation, Foreign Language Area Studies, Fulbright Group Projects, and Fulbright-Hays Foundation.
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