Perry Guevara, PhD

Perry joined the Dominican faculty in 2016. He teaches in a number of areas including Literature, Language and Humanities, Service Learning, and the Master of Arts in Humanities program. He also directs the undergraduate minor in Performing Arts & Social Change, which features a distinctive curricular partnership with Marin Shakespeare Company’s theater-prison program. His courses cover topics such as medieval and early modern literature, philosophy of science, science writing for public health, Shakespeare through the lens of animal studies, ancient literature of the Mediterranean, effective communication through podcasting, and the formal study of poetry and fiction. He has authored essays on medicinal plants and minimal cognition in Paradise Lost, affect theory and Shakespearean pedagogy in prison, embodied cognition and entomologic life in Titus Andronicus, and transitional object theory in Othello. Beyond teaching and research, Dr. Guevara serves on the Honors Board.


Emory University, PhD, English

Georgetown University, MA, English

The University of Alabama, BA, English and Spanish 

Research Interests

Perry is presently at work on a book project, “Inhuman Depressions,” which brings together sixteenth and seventeenth-century literature, cognitive science, ecology, and the history of medicine. His interdisciplinary approach to literature is motivated by past experience in biomedical research, studying, at first, the genetic basis of Parkinson’s Disease and, most recently, the narratives of patients undergoing deep brain stimulation for treatment-resistant depression.

Honors and Awards

  • Digital Portfolio Faculty Fellow
  • Pedagogical and Curricular Innovation Faculty Fellow
  • Honors Program Faculty Fellow
  • Folger Institute Consortium Grant-In-Aid
  • Scholars Program in Interdisciplinary Neuroscience Research Fellow

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