Ann M. Aviles

Assistant Professor


106 Alison Hall


(302) 831-4724



  • Ph.D., Education Policy Studies in Urban Education, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2009
  • M.S., Occupational Therapy, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2001
  • B.S., Occupational Therapy, University of Illinois at Chicago, 1998
Curriculum Vitae

Course Taught or Developed:

  • HDFS 230 Families & Communities
  • HDFS 347 Program Development and Evaluation


Dr. Aviles earned her Ph.D. in Policy Studies in Urban Education from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She earned her Bachelor’s and Post-professional Master’s Degrees in Occupational Therapy, also from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Aviles’ teaching experience includes the areas of educational foundations, child development, child advocacy, education policy, qualitative methods/research, action research and mental health in occupational therapy. She has worked with several community based organizations to advocate for educational access, equitable funding and anti-racist systems and practices with, and for, students and families of color experiencing homelessness/poverty, incarceration, and mental health issues. Dr. Aviles’ research engagements include: examining policies, services and programs that impact the educational opportunities, material realities and mental health of youth of color experiencing homelessness/instability; Latina/o Education; Education Policy; Education equity; critical/justice-based teacher preparation; School-community partnerships; Critical Race Theory (CRT); Latina/o CriticalTheory (LatCrit); and positive youth/community development. Dr. Aviles is the author of several publications, including her recent book, From Charity to Equity: Race, Homelessness and Urban Schools (Teachers College Press, 2015).

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