Prior to pursuing graduate work, Andrés Peralta taught art and Spanish at the secondary level. He has also taught courses in Humanities and Art Education at the Undergraduate level, and Art Education courses at the graduate level. His research centers on identity construction, visual culture, and issues of race, ethnicity, sexuality, and gender. His focus is on the politics of difference and the ways in which individuals negotiate identity within institutional attitudes towards acculturation, colonialism and domination, while maintaining a sense of self through resistance and subjugation. With a strong commitment to working with under-served populations, Andrés believes that art is a way for individuals to make meaning of the world they perceive and relate their understanding of the world in which they live.