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Rocio Sanchez Ares

Visiting Assistant Professor of TESOL and Bilingual Education

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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.


BA, English Philology, University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain
MA, English Literature, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas
MA, Educational Psychology, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas
PhD, Teacher Education, Curriculum and Instruction, Special Education, Boston College

Selected Publications

  • Sánchez Ares, R. (upcoming). “Unafraid educators in urban schools: Countering interlocked systems of racialized ‘il-legality’ through the lens of political intersectional.” Association of Mexican American Educators Journal.
  • Torres, M. I., Smollin, L. M., & Sánchez Ares, R. (upcoming in 2020). “Cultural attributes of age and gender in immigrant maternal-child communication about health and sexuality”. Culture, Health, Sexuality.
  • Sánchez Ares, R. (upcoming in 2020). “Reframing spaces of belonging: Latinx parents’ perspectives on bilingual education and their children’s needs in the context of the LOOK Act.” Journal of Latinos and Education.
  • Sánchez Ares, Rocío, & Lykes, M. Brinton (2016). “Maya young women and photovoice: Exposing state violence(s) and gendered migration.” Community Psychology in Global Perspective. 2(2): pp. 56-78.
  • Sánchez Ares, Rocío. (2015). “Caribbean and Central American Latinas’ critical inquiry through theater-based action research.” Educational Action Research. 23(4): pp. 529-544.
  • Patel, Leigh & Sánchez Ares, Rocío. (2013). “Framing youth resistance: The politics of coming out undocumented” (book chapter). In Tuck & Eve’s Youth Resistance Research and Theories of Change. NY: Routledge.


Human Rights and International Justice Graduate Certification, Boston College, MA 2015