Daniel Solorzano
University of California, Los Angeles
Daniel Solorzano

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Daniel Solorzano is a Professor of Social Science and Comparative Education and Chicana and Chicano Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is also the Inaugural Director of the Center for Critical Race Studies in Education at UCLA. His teaching and research interests include critical race theory in education; racial microaggressions; racial microaffirmations; and critical race spatial analysis. Dr. Solorzano has authored more than 100 research articles and book chapters on issues related to educational access and equity for underrepresented student populations and communities in the United States. For his early body of work, Solorzano received the Tomas Rivera Center Postdoctoral Fellowship, the Educational Testing Service Postdoctoral Fellowship, and the Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship. In 2007, Professor Solorzano received the UCLA Distinguished Teaching Award. In 2012, Solorzano was presented the American Education Research Association (AERA) Social Justice in Education Award. In 2012, he was also awarded the Critical Race Studies in Education Association Derrick A. Bell Legacy Award. In 2014, Solorzano was elected a Fellow of the American Education Research Association. In 2017, he received the inaugural Revolutionary Mentor Award from the AERA Critical Educators for Social Justice (CESJ). In 2019, Professor Solorzano delivered the AERA Distinguished Lecture on Racial Microaggressions. Solorzano received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Claremont Graduate University in 2020. Also, in 2020, he received the 50th Anniversary Alumni Award from the Chicano Latino Student Affairs Center at the Claremont Colleges. In 2020, Solorzano was elected to the National Academy of Education.  Dr. Solorzano grew up in Los Angeles, California and received a B.A. degree from Loyola University in Sociology and Chicana/o Studies; an M.Ed. in Urban Education from the Loyola Marymount University; and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the Claremont Graduate School in the Sociology of Education.

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