Born in the Dominican Republic, Peralta came to the United States legally with his family when he was four years old. When their visas lapsed, his father returned to the Dominican Republic. Peralta and his family went into the city's shelter system where he met a young volunteer who noticed his sharp mind and interest in his studies and helped him obtain a scholarship to Manhattan's elite Collegiate School.
Peralta received his BA summa cum laude from Princeton University, his MPhil from the University of Oxford, and his PhD in classics from Stanford University. He is currently a Mellon Research Fellow at Columbia University.
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