For 20 years, Dr. Michelle Téllez has been committed to exploring shared human experiences and advancing social justice. An interdisciplinary scholar trained in sociology, Chicana/o studies, community studies and education, her work seeks to uncover stories of identity, transnational community formation, gendered migration, resistance and Chicana mothering.
Dr. Téllez has published in several book anthologies, and in journals such as Gender & Society, Feminist Formations, Aztlán and Chicana/Latina Studies, and in online outlets such as The Feminist Wire and Truth Out. She also uses visual media to engage and share these stories; her last video Workers on the Rise 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, currently Dr. Téllez is a founding member of the Arizona Ethnic Studies Network, the Entre Nosotr@s collective and the Chicana M(other)work Collective. She is on the editorial review board for Chicana/Latina Studies: The Journal of Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social and on the board of directors for the Southwest Folklife Alliance in Tucson, AZ.
In 2004-2005, she was a dissertation fellow in the department of Chicana/o Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. For the 2007-2008 academic year she was a Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow in the Latina/o Studies Program at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Téllez is a former Mellon Fellow for the Future of Minority Studies (FMS) Research Project at Cornell University and a current Tucson Public Voices Fellow for the OpEd Project. Dr. Téllez taught at Arizona State University for nine years, at Northern Arizona University for two years, and is currently an Assistant Professor in the Mexican American Studies Department at the University of Arizona.
Her book is "The Chicana Motherwork Anthology."