Dr. Michelle Pérez, Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education, Curriculum and Instruction, College of Education, New Mexico State University
Dr. Michelle Pérez received her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Early Childhood from Arizona State University, and her M.S. in Educational Psychology and B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies/Early Childhood from Texas A&M University in College Station. 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. 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. 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.