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Susana Muñoz

Susana Munoz
Susana Muñoz

Research Areas

  • College Persistence, Access, and Identity Development for Undocumented College Students

About Dr. Muñoz

Dr. Susana Muñoz is an assistant professor and co-coordinator of the Higher Education Leadership doctoral specialization in the School of Education at Colorado State University. Before accepting a faculty role at CSU, Dr. Muñoz served as a faculty member at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in the Administrative Leadership department. Her scholarly interests center on the experiences of underserved populations in higher education. Specifically, she focuses her research on issues of access, equity, and college persistence for undocumented Latina/o students, while employing perspectives such as Latino critical race theory, Chicana feminist epistemology, and college persistence theory to identify and deconstruct issues of power and inequities as experienced by these populations. She utilizes multiple research methods as mechanisms to examine these matters with the ultimate goal of informing immigration policy and higher education practices. Her first book "Identity, Social Activism, and the Pursuit of Higher Education: The Journey Stories of Undocumented and Unafraid Community Activists" (Peter Lang Publishing) highlights the lives of 13 activist who grapple with their legality as a salient identity. Her research can also be found in the International Journal of Qualitative Studies, Qualitative Inquiry, the Journal of Student Affairs, Research, and Practice, and Teachers College Record.

Prior to her professorship, Dr. Muñoz served as a Post-Doctoral Research Associate under the mentorship of Dr. Laura Rendón and as a Lecturer in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Iowa State University. She also brings 13 years of student affairs experience in multicultural affairs, greek life, diversity and leadership training, TRiO programs, and residence life.

Dr. Muñoz received a B.A. in Political Science and International Studies from Iowa State University, a M.S. in Student Affairs and Higher Education from Colorado State University, and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from Iowa State University. Her dissertation, entitled "Understanding college persistence issues for undocumented Mexican immigrant women from the New Latino Diaspora: A case study", was funded through the Association for the Study of Higher Education/Lumina Foundation dissertation fellowship. She also received the Iowa State Research Excellence award for her dissertation research. Most recently, she was named a Global Ambassador to the Global Access to Post Secondary Education (GAPS) organization GAPS aims to create a global network of organizations and individuals committed to greater equity in post-secondary education.

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