Xicana Ph.D. is a place for the defiant and unapologetic.
For writing without 
permission or peer review. 
This is a site with reflections, notes, testimonios, stories, and information about education, politics y mas. I write on ethnic studies, feminism, working class struggles, navigating higher education, teaching and more.

My name is Irene Sanchez. I’m a Xicana (of course) mama, poet/writer, and educator.

I continue to dedicate myself to social justice as a Chicanx/Latinx High School Teacher and by teaching college-most recently as a Humanities/Education faculty member at Bard College-Los Angeles. I was recently selected as a member for the National Humanities Center Teacher Advisory Council for the school year 2019-2020 where I’m the only Ethnic Studies Teacher and only member from California.

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 and other 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 50 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! I also provided editing/coaching for dissertation writers. 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

Other accomplishments (partial list): 

CTA Members Scholarship (2019)
Joe Hill Labor Poetry Award (2018)
NEA Hispanic Caucus Conference Award (2018)
Voices of a New America (VONA) Poetry Workshop (2018)
University of Washington Dissertation Fellowship (2014-2015)
PAGE Fellow Imagining America (2011)
AAHHE Graduate Fellow (2010)
Public Scholarship Fellow-UW Simpson Center for the Humanities (2010)
Davis Putter Scholar (2006-2007)
Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Summer Internship Program (2005)