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William Peris

William "Ajax" Peris

Visiting Assistant Professor
Social Science, Seaver College


Lieutenant Colonel William E. “Ajax” Peris (Ret) is the former commander of the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC) Detachment 055 at the University of California Los Angeles.

Lieutenant Colonel Peris entered the Air Force in 1991 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Astronautical Engineering and his commission through the US Air Force Academy. He holds a Master of Science degree in International Relations from Troy State University, a Master of Operations Analysis from the Air Force Institute of Technology, a Master of Arts in Political Science from UCLA, and a PhD in Political Science from UCLA. He is also a 2002 graduate of the US Air Force Test Pilot School.


  • Ph.D., University of California Los Angeles, 2018


  • Electoral Politics
  • Political Behavior
  • Public Opinion


  • American People and Politics