Xicana Ph.D. is a place for the unapologetic, for those who challenge authority and those who wish to change the world around them. 
This is a blog with reflections, notes, testimonios, stories, and information about the intersections of education, history, politics y mas. I write about education, ethnic studies, educational inequalities, U.S. Latinx History, the K-12 school system, navigating higher education, teaching, mothering, income disparities, and more.

My name is Irene Sanchez. I’m a Xicana (of course, but also Chicana/Mexican-American), a mama, poet/writer, and educator.

I continue to dedicate myself to social justice as a Chicanx/Latinx High School Teacher and college instructor of Ethnic Studies education. In the spring of 2021, I was a teaching fellow with the Pulitzer Center and in 2019-2020 was a member for the National Humanities Center Teacher Advisory Council.

My writings from Xicana Ph.D. has been featured in other publications/sites including: Inside Higher Education, The American Federation of Teachers, NASPA, and Latino Rebels. I have a chapter in the book Latina Outsiders from Routledge Press (2019). In additon, my poetry, essays and other creative writings have been featured on/in CNN, Public Radio International, KPCC/89.3, Huffington Post, Zocalo Public Square and more. My commentary has been featured also on Remezcla, NPR’s Latino USA, and the Los Angeles Times.

I am a long time activist, educator, and leader in my community.

I have spoken at over 100 colleges/universities and conferences sharing poetry, writing workshops, empowerment workshops, sharing insight on panel discussions and as a keynote speaker.

If you are interested in having me present or speak at your college/university/school or organization, please contact me! You can also find more about the work I do including education and poetry/creative writing related work at http://www.irenesanchezphd.com

To support my work please donate at: PayPal.me/xicanaphd

Formal Degrees:

Ph.D. Educational Leadership and Policy Studies-University of Washington
Graduate Certificate-Feminist Studies-University of Washington
M.Ed. Educational Leadership and Policy Studies-University of Washington
BA Sociology and Latin American/Latino Studies-University of California, Santa Cruz
Associates of Arts in Social Science-Riverside City College

State of California Single Subject Teaching (Clear) Credential in Social Studies