Daniel G. Solorzano

Member Since: 2020


Daniel Solorzano is a professor in the University of California Los Angeles’ Departments of Education and Chicana/o and Central American Studies. He is also the Director of the Center for Critical Race Studies in Education at UCLA. He is an interdisciplinary scholar with research and teaching interests in critical race theory, racial microaggressions and microaffirmations, and critical race spatial analysis. He is the co-author of Racial Microaggressions: Using Critical Race Theory to Respond to Everyday Racism (2020), which examines how People of Color are impacted by and respond to everyday racism in the form of racial microaggressions. He is also co-editor of the award-winning anthology The Chicana/o Education Pipeline: History, Institutional Critique, and Resistance (2018) which traces 45 years of education scholarship in the oldest Chicana/o Studies journal in the U.S.—Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies. 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. For the last 50 years, Solorzano has served in all three segments of California’s public postsecondary education. In 2007, Professor Solorzano received the UCLA Distinguished Teaching Award. In 2012, Solorzano was presented with the American Education Research Association (AERA) Social Justice in Education Award. In 2012, Solorzano was also awarded the Critical Race Studies in Education Association Derrick A. Bell Legacy Award. In 2013, Solorzano was given the Mildred Garcia Exemplary Scholarship Award from the Association for Studies in Higher Education (ASHE). In 2014, Solorzano was elected a Fellow of the American Education Research Association. In 2017, Solorzano received the inaugural Revolutionary Mentor Award from the Critical Educators for Social Justice (CESJ) within the American Educational Research Association. In 2019, Professor Solorzano delivered the AERA Distinguished Lecture on Racial Microaggressions. In 2020, Solorzano was elected to the National Academy of Education. In 2022, Professor Solorzano received the Spencer Foundation Mentorship Award. Professor 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 Loyola Marymount University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the Claremont Graduate School in the Sociology of Education.

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