Meet the PLACE Leaders

Dr. Doug Julien, Program Chair

Professor of English

Dr. Julien is a full professor of English at Texas A&M University-Texarkana.  He received his doctoral degree for comparative studies in discourse and society in 2005 from the University of Minnesota. He is a lead principal investigator for a $350,000 Teagle Foundation and National Endowment for the Humanities grant seeking to revitalize the role of humanities in general education. His most recent publication is “Can the White Boy Speak? Coming to Terms with the Color-Blind Li(n)e” published by SUNY Press in 2021.  His areas of expertise include world literature (especially short stories and theory), literary theory (especially continental philosophy and critical theory), and the study of popular music. Guiding his research in all these areas is the study of race. 

Dr. Michael Perri, Program Co-Chair 

Professor of History

Michael Perri earned a Ph.D. in Latin American history from Emory University, a M.A. in Latin American and Iberian Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), and a B.A. in History and German, also from UCSB. His research has focused on the sixteenth-century Spanish conquest and colonization along the Pearl Coast of eastern Venezuela. He is the author of “‘Ruined and Lost’: Spanish Destruction of the Pearl Coast in the Early Sixteenth Century” published in Environment and History (2009) and “Ambiguous Authority: Juan de Frías and the Audiencia of Santo Domingo Confront the Conquistador Antonio Sedeño” published in The Americas (2017). Currently, he is a Professor of History at Texas A&M University-Texarkana.