Dr. Michelle Salazar Pérez holds the J. Paul Taylor Endowed Professorship and is Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education at New Mexico State University. 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.
Recent Publications (see scholarship page for a full list of publications)
Osgood, J., Robinson, K., Jones Diaz, C., Andersen, C.E., Pérez, M.S., Gunn, A., & Surtees, N. (Eds.). (2019). Special Issue for the Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood (CIEC), Revisiting Diversity & Difference in Early Childhood through Children’s News Media, 20(4), Winter Issue. https://journals.sagepub.com/toc/CIE/current
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
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). Children’s media as a conduit for “unbiased” news: Critical reflections on the coverage of Trump’s presidential campaign. Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 20(4), 350-362. https://journals.sagepub.com/toc/CIE/current
Lee, I.F., & Pérez, M.S. (Eds). (2019). Special Issue for the International Critical Childhood Policy Studies Journal (ICCPSJ), Foggy Futures in Education: The Looming Storms of School Choice and Voucher Programs, 7(2). http://journals.sfu.ca/iccps/index.php/childhoods/issue/view/School%20Choice%20and%20Vouchers
Pérez, M.S., Kim, K., & Cahill, B. (2019). Myrna’s children’s village: Reflections on a dynamic early childhood lab school community in southern New Mexico. Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 20(3), 294-308. https://journals.sagepub.com/toc/ciea/20/3
Forthcoming NMSU Initiative
Glass Family Research Institute for Early Childhood Studies
Appointments, Awards & Recognitions
J.Paul Taylor Endowed Professorship, Fall 2018 to Present
Host Chair, 27th Reconceptualizing Early Childood Education (RECE) Conference, NMSU, Oct 31-Nov 5, 2019
Interim Associate Dean for Research, NMSU College of Education, Spring/Summer/Fall 2019
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