Michelle Rascon

PhD Student

About Michelle Rascón-Canales

Michelle Rascón-Canales (she/her pronouns) is an interdisciplinary researcher, educator, and practitioner with a background in Social Work and Family Studies. Rascon-Canales received a BA in Sociocultural Anthropology from the UA School of Anthropology (2011), a Master of Social Work Degree from Arizona State University (2014), and a Master of Science Degree in Family Studies and Human Development (2019). Rascon-Canales practiced social work for seven years with undocumented children as a licensed social worker. As a master student, her research focused on the ecological contexts of immigration policy on the trajectories of young people. Her qualitative study examined the lives of young people who are recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program, following the Trump administration’s efforts to rescind DACA. Since 2009, she has also worked in various research labs on behavior coping studies, mixed-method civic engagement studies, and Youth Participatory Action Research (YPAR) with the community of South Tucson.

Rascon-Canales is an applied and sociocultural anthropology student and her research agenda centers on childhood migration and the intersection of applied and anti-racist anthropology, colonial studies, and child development. Her dissertation research interrogates governmentality and the politics of clinical care on detained unaccompanied children along the Southwest. Rascon-Canales is currently an advisee of Professor Dr. Megan Carney.

Rascon-Canales was born and raised on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border in Tucson, Arizona, and Caborca, Sonora, respectively. Raised in a multi-status family, the Borderlands largely inform her experiential knowledge and scholarship. Rascon-Canales is a passionate advocate of anti-racist research and pedagogy, evidence-based practices, and social justice. Her professional experiences as both child advocate and licensed foster parent enlighten her research agenda as she believes theory and research should be placed in conversation with the local community’s needs. She enjoys teaching and bridging anthropological theory and community through praxis.

Selected Publications

Book Chapters:

Rascon, M. ‘Broken-Heartedness’ or Systematic Police Killings: Testimonios and Sequelae Deaths. In Rodriguez, R. (2019). Yolqui: A Warrior Summonsed from the Spirit World. Tucson, AZ: University of Arizona Press.

Link to book release: https://uapress.arizona.edu/book/yolqui-a-warrior-summoned-from-the-spirit-world?fbclid=IwAR1AD5k0zYHhqpZPOh6AG6AYJx7hpkxs9wZxf7RZ7nn0kV78F-0PVL1r8ho

O'Leary, A.O., Romero, A.J. Cabrera, N. & Rascón, M. (2012). Assault on Ethnic Studies. In O. Santa Ana. & C. González de Bustamante. (Eds.) Arizona Firestorm: Global immigration realities, national media & provincial politics (pp. 97-120). Lanham, MD and New York: Rowman & Littlefield. (Invited chapter).

Link to book: https://rowman.com/ISBN/9781442214156/Arizona-Firestorm-Global-Immigration-Realities-National-Media-and-Provincial-Politics

Gomez, R., Rascón-Canales, M., Romero, A. We See You, Hermana — At All of Your Powerful Intersections. In Almador & Delgadillo (2021). Latinxs and Black Lives Matter: Latinx Talk Mini-Reader #1. Madison, WI. Creative Commons. DOI: https://doi.org/10.18061/2575-887X.0001

Op-eds and commentaries: 

Rascon-Canales, M. (2020).“If they come for her child in the morning…”: Detained/Incarcerated Children in the time of COVID-19. Journal of Abolition Bloghttps://abolitionjournal.org/if-they-come-for-her-child-in-the-morning-detained-incarcerated-children-in-the-time-of-covid-19/

Gomez-Fimbres, R. Rascon, M. Romero, A. (2019). We See You, Hermana: The White Racial Framing of Serena Williams at the U.S. Open. Journal of Latinx Talk


Courses Taught

  • ANTH 150 "Many Ways of Being Human"
  • ANTH 337 "Adolescence" 
  • FSHD 117 "Introduction to Human Development" 
  • SWU 340 "Macro Human Behavior in the Social Environment" (Arizona State University)
  • SWG 519 "Research Methods in Social Work" (Arizona State University)
  • SWU 321 "Statistics for Social Workers" (Arizona State University)
  • SWG 621 "Integrative Seminar" (Arizona State University)

Areas of Study

Unacompanied children, applied anthropology, immigrant children, pedagogy, college-teaching.


University Reports: 

Romero, A. Elfring, L. Rascon-Canales, M. Perez, R. "COVID-19 Check-In Survey Report: Faculty and Instructors Spring 2020." University of Arizona.