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Danielle Mireles, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Teaching and Learning
CEB 354
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Danielle Mireles, Ph.D., is an interdisciplinary scholar-activist whose work is embedded at the intersections of racial, disability, and health justice. They grew up in the San Fernando Valley, where they attended community college before transferring to California State University, Northridge, and earning their B.A. in Deaf studies. Before and during their graduate studies, they worked in the Los Angeles Community College system as a direct support person for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities attending community colleges in Los Angeles.

Dr. Mireles received their M.A. and Ph.D. in education with a concentration on education, society, and culture, a program focused on an interdisciplinary and structural analysis of educational inequity, at the University of California, Riverside. Their dissertation explored the racialized experiences of Black and Brown students who had been labeled, identified as, or had the lived experience of disability on college campuses. Their current research examines disability critical race theory, carceral ableism and sanism, and disability futurities in and beyond higher education. Their work centers on the raced-disabled epistemologies and knowledge of Black and Brown disabled students as experts in their lived experiences.