Gabby Perez

Gabby Perez

Graduate Student


Curriculum Vitae


Gabby was born in Oceanside, California and grew up 14 miles away in Encinitas. The only child of a single mother from Tepatlaxco, Puebla, Gabby was a quiet child who found comfort in stand-up comedy. Her need for storytelling and narrative-making allowed her to watch the world as a spectator. This shaped her into the ethnographer and historian she is today. Still captivated by life narratives, her research focuses on reconstructing the religious lives of historically marginalized communities. When she isn’t going through archival material or interviewing folks, you’ll find her at the local comedy club.


  • MTS, Religion, Literature, and Culture, Harvard Divinity School, 2018
  • BA, Religious Studies, UC Riverside, 2016


Chicanxs and Catholicism; Mexican American Catholicism; Latinx religion; American Catholic history; religion in American history; 20th century America; decolonizing religion; religion and protest; Liberation Theology; Mujerista Theology; autobiography, memoir, and memory; material culture; public history; intellectual history; oral history; ethnography; archival research.