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Angeles Maldonado

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Faculty Assoc
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 6403

Dr. Angeles J. Maldonado has a PhD in Education Leadership and Policy Studies from Arizona State University, with a specialization in Social and Philosophical Foundations. Her research areas of interest are Immigration, Critical Race Theory, Border Crit Theory, Critical Pedagogy in Education, Community Organizing, and Social Movements.  Dr. Maldonado holds a Bachelor of Science in Justice Studies with a Minor in Philosophy and a Master’s degree in Public Administration.  

For the past eleven years Dr. Maldonado has been closely involved in the immigrant rights movement in Arizona.  Her interest in immigration stems from her own background.  Born in Guanajuato, Mexico, her family immigrated to Phoenix in the summer of 1988 in pursuit of realizing the "American Dream."  Her parents' greatest goal was to be able to provide for their children greater educational opportunities not available to them in the small town of Salvatierra.  

Prior to finishing her doctoral studies, Dr. Maldonado worked as a community and labor organizer for a variety of nonprofit and labor organizations.  Her experiences in grassroots organizing served as an inspiration for her dissertation "Raids, Race, and Resistance: Narratives and Discourse in the Immigration Movement in Arizona."  

Dr. Maldonado spent many hours organizing protests against Sheriff Arpaio while working for the grassroots organization Tonatierra.  Dr. Maldonado also worked for the United Food & Commercial Workers  (UFCW Local 99), the Service Employees International Union (SEIU Local 5), for Mi Familia Vota / My Family Votes Civic Participation Campaign, and as the Program Director for La Union Del Pueblo Entero  (LUPE) (a branch of the United Farm Workers of America, AFL-CIO), for Chicanos Por La Causa, and for PUEBLO Center for Legal & Human Rights.  

Currently, Dr. Maldonado serves on the Community Advisory Board in the Ortega Melendres vs. Arpaio federal racial profiling case.  She is the Operations Director for the Law Office of Ray A. Ybarra Maldonado and a F aculty Associate at Arizona State University.  She lives in Phoenix, Arizona with her husband Ray Ybarra Maldonado and their sons Ray Emerson and Stokely Daniel.

Research Interests
  • Critical Race Theory/ Lat Crit Theory and Immigration
  • Critical Pedagogy in Education
  • Participant Action Research, Narrative, and Ethnography/ Auto-Ethnography
  • Community Organizing, Social Movements & Resistance
  • Policing and the Social Construction of Criminality


Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
SST 220Intro to Social Transformation
JUS 220Intro to Social Transformation
APA 220Intro to Social Transformation
JUS 352Global Politics of HumanRights
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
SPF 301Culture and Schooling
ECS 430Sys Pol Advoc in ECD/SPE
Fall 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
TEL 215Intro to Child&Adolescent Dev