Dr. Michelle Salazar Pérez is Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education at New Mexico State University. She received her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Early Childhood at Arizona State University, and her M.S. in Ed Psych and B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies/Early Childhood from Texas A&M University in College Station. Dr. Pérez has worked as a practitioner in a variety of early childhood settings and was coordinator of an urban education student teaching program based in Houston, Texas. She carried out her dissertation research in New Orleans, Louisiana, which used Situational Analysis to examine the impact of disaster capitalism on the public school system and also participated in local grassroots activism surrounding a number of social justice issues. Dr. Pérez's current scholarship interests include using critical qualitative methodologies and Black feminist thought to examine dominant constructions of childhood/s, particularly how they influence public policy and subjugate the lived experiences of marginalized people/s and communities.
Dr. Pérez is thrilled to be working in the borderlands among the accomplished faculty, staff, and students, in her program area, department, and the larger NMSU community!