Rocío Sánchez Ares is originally from Santiago de Compostela, in Spain. She received her PhD in global education with a focus on human rights from Boston College. Her interdisciplinary research has focused on gendered and raced constructions of citizenship, coloniality, education and immigration, and social movements. Rocío has worked on migration issues transnationally, using participatory action research methods.
Drawing on her background in sociology and psychology, she has collaborated closely with local immigrant organizations facilitating undocumented women's access to mental health services, quality education, and labor rights protections. For the past seven years, she has been volunteering teaching ESOL and organizing Latinx parents around bilingual education in Boston.