Daniel Solorzano is a Professor of Social Science and Comparative Education in the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies and the Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies at the University of California, Los angeles. He is also the inaugural Director of the Center for Critical Race Studies at UCLA. His teaching and research interests include critical race theory in education; racial microaggressions and other forms of everday racism; critical race spatial analysis; and critical race pedgogy. Over his 44-year career, Solorzano has taught at the Los Angeles County Central Juvenile Hall, in the California Community College (East Los Angeles College; Santa Monica College), the Falifornia State University (California STate University Northridge; California State University Bakersfield), and the University of California (UCLA) systems.
Dr. Solorzano has authored over 100 research articles, book chapters, and research reports on issues related to education access and equity for underrepresented student populations and communities in the United States. In 2007, Professor Solorzano received the populations and communities in the United States. In 2007, Professor Solorzano received the UCLA Distinguished Teacher Award. In 2012, Solorzano was presented the American Education Research Association (AERA) Social Justice in Education Award. Also in 2012, Solorzano was awarded the Critical Race Studies in Education Association Derrick A. Bell Legacy Award. In 2013, Solorzano was given the Mildred Garcia Exemplary Scholarship Award from the Association for studies in Higher Education (ASHE). In 2014, Solorzano was selected as a Fellow of the American Education Research Association. In 2017, Solorzano received the inaugural Revolutionary Mentor Award from the Critical Educators for Social Justice (CEJI) within the American Education Research Association (AERA).