Pere DeRoy

Pere DeRoy smiling with trees in background

Contact Info

327 Blake Hall


Pere is a doctoral candidate in the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS) program at the University of Kansas with a specialization in transnational Public Policy & Administration in North America and the English-speaking Caribbean.

Pere’s current research explores the impact that uncertainty around formal state-sanctioned medicalized health, and popular yet stigmatized traditional healthcare systems, have on reproductive pregnancy-related healthcare and outcomes for Queer and Trans BIPOC. Her work frames current patterns of “maternal” mortality ratio as a health disparity problem that requires the Reproductive Justice (RJ) framework as an apt problem-solving tool of analysis and planning. As a theorist of Transnational and Decolonial feminisms, she aims to excavate stories of causations that shape healthcare policies and practices in ways that allows the marginalized to chip away at the relegating margins of their realities.

Pere has 10+ years of experience working with development-oriented organizations ranging from community-based organizations, state agencies and international organizations in areas of program management, community consultation and resource mobilization focused on education, sexual and reproductive health and rights women’s and youth’s advocacy, and sexual orientation and the law, and critical examination of dominant human trafficking discourses.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology, and post-graduate Diploma in International Studies from the University of Guyana, a MA in International Development from York University in Canada, and a MA in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies with a specialization in Public Policies & Administration.