Dr. Dan-El Padilla Peralta

Dr. Dan-el Padilla Peralta is currently a Fellow in the Society of Fellows in the Humanities at Columbia University and is an Associate Professor of Classics at Princeton University. He has been called “one of the best classicists to emerge in his generation.”

Dr. Peralta publishes widely in his field, but he is also a firm believer in public scholarship. Toward that end, he has not only published his memoir, "Undocumented", but has also written for outlets such as "The Guardian" and "Vox".

He and his family came to the United States from Santa Domingo when Peralta was only four. After their six month visa lapsed, Dr. Peralta’s mother opted to stay in the United States to make a life for herself and her children. Dr. Peralta’s centering of his family’s struggles humanizes discussions of immigration, homelessness and education by setting his very personal account within the context of broader cultural conversations and policy debates.