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Michelle Rascón-Canales

About Michelle Rascón-Canales

Michelle Rascon-Canales (she/her pronouns) is an incoming PhD student under the tutelage of Dr. Linda Green. She is a graduate of the UA School of Anthropology with a dual major in Mexican American Studies. Rascon was born and raised on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border in Tucson, Arizona and Caborca, Sonora, respectively. Rascon’s current research interests focus on the U.S.-Mexico border, the politics of immigration and child welfare, the carceral system, and abolition studies.

Rascon received a Master of Social Work Degree from Arizona State University in 2014 and practiced social work for seven years with undocumented children as a licensed social worker. She also received a Master of Science Degree in Family Studies and Human Development in 2019 where 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’s administration’s efforts to rescind DACA.

Rascon was raised in a multi-status family along the borderlands which largely informs her experiential knowledge and scholarship. She was also part of the nationally recognized TUSD Mexican American Studies Program, prior to the banning of the program following Arizona HB2281. Rascon was heavily involved in local and national protests and local initiatives to service students impacted by the banning of the program. Her professional experiences as both child and student advocate but also researcher, inform her interests in an anthropology of migration and social justice into practice.


  • Honorable Mention, Ford Foundation Fellowship Predoctoral Competition (2018)
  • Ruth Cowden Scholarship Award, University of Arizona (2017-2018)
  • Dean's Fellowship Award, Arizona State University (2011-2012)
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences Academic Award, University of Arizona (2010)
  • Corazon de Justicia Award by the Coalicion de Derechos Humanos (2010)
  • Magellan Circle Scholarship Award for Social and Behavioral Science Majors (2009)
  • Renee Jacome Majors Scholarship for Mexican-American Studies Majors (2009)
  • Cesar Chavez Academic Scholarship, University of Arizona (2007-2009)

Selected Publications

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.

Link to article:

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:

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:

Rascon, M. (2010). La Importancia de Estudios Etnicos/ The Importance of Ethnic Studies. La Estrella de Tucson. Arizona Daily Star. March. 2010.

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Master of Science (2019), Family Studies and Human Development, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, The University of Arizona.

Master of Social Work (2014), School of Social Work College of Public Programs, Arizona State University .

Bachelor of Arts (2011) School of Anthropology & Department of Mexican American Studies, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences.