Dr. Michelle Téllez, an interdisciplinary scholar trained in Community Studies, Sociology, Chicana/o Studies and Education, writes about identity, transnational community formation, cross-border labor organizing, gendered migration, autonomy and resistance along the U.S./Mexico border. Dr. Téllez has published in several book anthologies, and in journals such as Gender & Society, Feminist Formations, Aztlán, Chicana/Latina Studies, Violence Against Women and the The Feminist Wire. She also uses public performance and visual media to engage and share these stories, her most recent video Workers on the Rise (2012) documents labor struggles in Maricopa county, AZ. A former board member of the Phoenix based Arizona Workers Rights Center and the National Association of Chicana/o Studies, Dr. Téllez is a founding member of the Arizona Ethnic Studies Network, the Entre NosOtr@s Collective, the Chicana M(other)work Collective and is on the editorial review board for Chicana/Latina Studies: The Journal of Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social.
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 most recently was awarded an Arizona Humanities mini-grant in the Spring of 2016. Dr. Téllez taught at Arizona State University for nine 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. She is thrilled to be in the Mexican American Studies Department at the U of A.