About Michelle Téllez
Dr. Michelle Téllez, an interdisciplinary scholar trained in Community Studies, Sociology, Chicana/o Studies and Education, has been committed to mapping projects of resistance, exploring shared human experiences and advancing social justice for the last 25-years. Having been raised along the U.S./Mexico border divide, both her scholarly and community engaged work has been deeply shaped by this experience. She writes about transnational community formations (and disruptions), Chicana mothering, and gendered migration in several book anthologies, and in journals such as: Gender & Society, Feminist Formations, and Aztlán. Her public scholarship includes writing for Truth Out, The Feminist Wire,and Latino Rebels. She co-edited The Chicana M(other)work Anthology: Porque Sin Madres No Hay Revolución, published in March of 2019. Her latest book, Border Women and the Community of Maclovio Rojas: Autonomy in the Spaces of Neoliberal Neglect was published in September 2021 by the University of Arizona Press.
A founding member of the Chicana M(other)work Collective and the Binational Artist in Residency project, she is on the editorial review board for Chicana/Latina Studies: The Journal of Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social and Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies. She serves as an advisor to the student groups: MEChA de UA and of Mothers of Color in Academia (MOCA), and was former faculty fellow to the Adalberto Guerrero Student Cultural Center.
A graduate of UCLA (B.A, 1996), Teachers College, Columbia University (M.A, 2000) and Claremont Graduate University (Ph.D., 2005), Dr. Téllez was a dissertation fellow in the department of Chicana/o Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara (2004-2005) and a Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow in the Latina/o Studies Program at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (2007-2008). The recipient of various national fellowships, teaching and research awards, she was a 2018 Tucson Public Voices Fellow and 2021 UA Provost Author Support Fund awardee. Dr. Téllez taught at Arizona State University for eight years and Northern Arizona University for two; while at NAU she created and directed the Beyond Boundaries Initiative - a campus-community collaboration rooted in decolonial praxis, identity, and community formations across multiple borderlands. You can find out more about her work at: www.michelletellez.com.