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Mirelsie Velazquez

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Mirelsie Velázquez

Rainbolt Family Endowed Education Presidential Professor

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Department: Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
Program Area: Educational Studies
Phone: 405-325-4202

Dr. Velázquez is a historian of education interested in issues of race/ethnicity, historical research in education, and gender and sexuality. She teaches courses on History of American Education, Puerto Rican Studies, Critical Race Theory, Latina Feminism, Latina/o Education, Oral History, and Historiography of Education. Her work has most recently appeared in the journals Latino StudiesCentro, and Gender and Education. Velazquez has also completed several book chapters that examines the role of oral histories in highlighting and inserting the experiences of Latina/o communities into historical scholarship. Within the writing of that history, Velazquez articulates the importance of including the work of Puerto Rican women and other Latinas in confronting the schooling inequalities experienced by the community’s children. Velázquez is currently completing a research project on the history of Black and Indigenous education in both the Oklahoma and Indian Territories, beginning in the mid-19th century until statehood in 1907. Locally, Dr. Velázquez is working on issues pertaining to community involvement in Latina/o and African American communities, as well as access to higher education for underrepresented communities of color.

Research Interests:

  • History of Education
  • Latina/o History
  • Social Movements
  • Critical Race Theory
  • Latina Feminism