Dr. Michelle Salazar Pérez is the Interim Associate Dean for Research in the College of Education at New Mexico State University. She holds the J. Paul Taylor Endowed Professorship and is Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education. Dr. Pérez received her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Early Childhood at Arizona State University. Prior to this, she received her M.S. in Educational Psychology and B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies/Early Childhood Education from Texas A&M University in College Station.
Dr. Pérez has worked as an educator in a variety of early childhood settings and was coordinator of a Texas A&M, urban education student teaching program based in Houston, Texas. While completing her Ph.D. at ASU, with support from Tulane University, from 2007-2009 she lived in New Orleans, Louisiana, where she participated in grassroots community efforts to challenge the privatization of public education, housing, and other public services after the failure of the levees post-Katrina.
In her scholarship and teaching, Dr. Pérez uses women of color feminisms to examine dominant constructions of childhood/s, particularly how they influence public policy and the lived experiences of marginalized people/s. She is part of local, national, and international collaboratives and organizations that advocate for equity and social justice for minoritized children, families, and communities.
Selected Recent Publications (see scholarship page for a full list of publications):
*Rideaux, K., & Pérez, M.S. (2019). Countering color-blindness in early childhood education: Enactments of social justice education by Black women educators. In S.A. Kessler, & B.B. Swadener (Eds.). Educating for Social Justice in Early Childhood (pp. 20-33). London: Routledge. www.routledge.com/Educating-for-Social-Justice-in-Early-Childhood/Kessler-Swadener/p/book/9780367246990
Pérez, M.S. (2019). Dismantling racialized discourses in early childhood education and care: A revolution towards reframing the field. In F. Nxumalo & C. P. Brown (Eds.). Disrupting and countering deficits in early childhood education (pp. 20-36). New York, NY: Routledge. https://www.routledge.com/Disrupting-and-Countering-Deficits-in-Early-Childhood-Education-1st-Edition/Nxumalo-Brown/p/book/9781138103542
Pérez, M.S. (2018). What does the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) mean for early childhood education? A history of NCLB’s impact on early childhood education and insights for the future under ESSA. Teachers College Record, 120(13), 1-18. https://www.tcrecord.org/Issue.asp?volyear=2018&number=13&volume=120
*Ruiz Guerrero, M.G., & Pérez, M.S. (2018). Rethinking health, safety, and nutrition through a Black feminist lens: An early childhood teacher educator’s transformative journey. In N. Yelland. & D. Frantz Bentley (Eds.), Found in translation: Connecting reconceptualist thinking with early childhood education practices (pp. 40-57). New York, NY: Routledge. https://www.routledge.com/Found-in-Translation-Connecting-Reconceptualist-Thinking-with-Early-Childhood/Yelland-Bentley/p/book/9781138057074
Pérez, M.S., & Saavedra, C.M. (2017). A call for onto-epistemological diversity in early childhood education and care: Centering global south
conceptualizations of childhood/s. Review of Research in Education, 41(1), 1-29. http://journals.sagepub.com/toc/rrea/41/1
Pérez, M.S., Saavedra, C.M., & Habashi, J. (Eds). (2017). Special Issue for Global Studies of Childhood (GSC), Rethinking Global North Onto-
Epistemologies in Childhood Studies, 7(2), Summer Issue. http://journals.sagepub.com/toc/gsca/7/2
Appointments, Awards & Recognitions:
Host Committee Chair, 27th Reconceptualizing Early Childood Education (RECE) Conference, NMSU, 2019
Interim Associate Dean for Research, NMSU College of Education, Spring 2019 to present
J.Paul Taylor Endowed Professorship, Fall 2018 to Present
Co-Authored Article (with Saavedra) Named Top Five in “Most Read Education Research Articles of 2017” for AERA’s Review of Research in Education Journal www.aera.net/Newsroom/AERA-Announces-Most-Read-Education-Research-Articles-of-2017#RRE
Elected Co-Program Chair (2015-2017)/SIG Chair (2017-2018), Critical Perspectives on Early Childhood Education, American Educational Research Association https://sites.google.com/site/cpecesig/home
Dean's Excellence in Research Faculty Award, College of Education, New Mexico State University, Fall 2015
Exceptional Achievement in Creative Scholarly Activity, Early Career Award, University Research Council, New Mexico State University, Fall 2014
Outstanding Dissertation Award, American Educational Research Association, Critical Perspectives on Early Childhood Education SIG, Spring 2011