Dr. Ashley D. Domínguez is an assistant professor in Teaching, Learning & Sociocultural Studies in the College of Education at the University of Arizona. Prior to her graduate studies, Dr. Domínguez taught for seven years in K-12 public charter schools in Dallas, TX. Inspired by her Latinx students, she earned a Ph.D.in Learning, Literacies & Technologies at Arizona State University to advocate for youth voice and challenge traditional notions of power to include underrepresented and historically excluded young people in the co-construction of equitable education policies and practices. Her research interests encompass ethnographic and performance methodologies, critical theories, and the use of arts-based inquiry approaches with youth towards equity in social, educational, and artistic contexts.
Most recently, her critical performance ethnographic study examines how Latina/x youth utilize art and performance to embody transformational resistance in pursuit of social justice. Her creative work as a community arts practitioner has led her to engage arts-based youth participatory action research with young people, in the U.S. and Puerto Rico, to address educational injustice and envision new possibilities. Dr. Domínguez’s research has been supported by The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine’s prestigious Ford Foundation Fellowship Award. Her scholarship appears in the International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, Educational Policy, Urban Education, and Journal of Latinos & Education.