Dr. Michelle Téllez, an Assistant Professor in the department of Mexican American Studies at the University of Arizona, 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. Her co-edited book The Chicana M(other)work Anthology: Porque Sin Madres No Hay Revolución was published in March, 2019. She edited a special dossier for the 50th Anniversary of Aztlan: A Journal of Chicano Studies that will be released in April of 2020 entitled: Fifty Years of Chicana Feminist Praxis, Theory, and Resistance.
A founding member of the Chicana M(other)work collective, the Arizona Son Jarocho Collective, and the Binational Arts Residency project, Dr. Téllez has been involved in multiple projects for change at the grassroots level, including community-based arts and performance. Dr. Téllez is on the editorial review board for Chicana/Latina Studies, the executive board of directors for the Southwest Folklife Alliance and serves on the board for the UA Consortium on Gender Based Violence. The recipient of various awards and fellowships, she was a 2018 Public Voices Fellow for the Op Ed Project.