St. Lawrence University


Dr. Steve Peraza graduated St. Lawrence University in December 2006 with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Sociology and History. A proud alumnus of the Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP), Steve worked four consecutive years as a mentor in the HEOP Pre-freshman Summer Program. In 2004, he co-founded the Ray Ross House, a living and learning community that fostered campus-wide conversations on race and class in America. While at SLU, Steve also worked as an FYP mentor, community assistant, and tutor at the Writing Center.

In 2006, as part of the Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program, Steve took his first research trip to the Jones Library in Amherst, Massachusetts. Drawing on archival sources, Steve’s McNair thesis examined the life and writings of Reverend Jeffrey Worthington Campbell ’33, a Unitarian Universalist minister, high school English teacher, and the first African American to graduate St. Lawrence University. “McNair summer,” Steve recalls, “launched my career as a historian.” Steve has since graduated SUNY-Buffalo with a Ph.D. in U.S. History, writing a dissertation that explores slave legal resistance in eighteenth-century Louisiana.  

Steve has remained involved with the St. Lawrence community since 2006, primarily as an alumni blogger for the Weave. He contributes to “The Poverty Report,” a blog that examines the multidimensional problem of poverty in the U.S. and considers possible ways to solve it. “Through the Weave, I’ve had an opportunity to pursue new intellectual interests while also collaborating with SLU’s fantastic faculty and students,” Steve explains. “I’m truly grateful for the opportunity to stay connected.”


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