AAHHE Early Career Award

The AAHHE Early Career Award recognizes faculty or staff members who demonstrate commitment and promise via their actions, research, and service to the Latinx higher education community.


 2022 AAHHE Early Career Award Recipients



Vanessa Fonseca-Chávez, PhD
Assistant Dean of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Arizona State University


Vanessa Fonseca-Chávez, PhD is the associate dean of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts at Arizona State University. She also is an associate professor of English and teaches courses on Chicanx and Indigenous literature and culture, as well as graduate courses in the MA in Narrative Studies Program. Her research focuses on the legacies of colonialism and the ways in which rural Hispano communities understand and narrate their sense of belonging. Fonseca-Chávez is the Co-Director of the Following the Manito Trail project, which documents Hispanic New Mexican, or Manito, migration from the mid 1800s to the present. She is the co-editor of Spanish Perspectives on Chicano Literature: Literary and Cultural Essays (Ohio State UP, 2017) and Querencia: Reflections on the New Mexico Homeland (University of New Mexico P, 2020). She is the author of Colonial Legacies in Chicana/o Literature and Culture: Looking through the Kaleidoscope (University of Arizona P, 2021) and a co-editor of the book series, BorderVisions, with the University of Arizona Press. 




Antonio Duran, PhD
Assistant Professor
Florida International University


Antonio Duran, PhD is an assistant professor in the Higher Education program at Florida International University. Originally from Phoenix, Arizona, Duran attended New York University for his bachelor’s degree and was a part of a first-generation college student scholars’ program. After his time at NYU, he attended Miami University in Oxford, OH, for his master’s degree in Student Affairs in Higher Education. While at Miami University, he discovered his passion for engaging in research that would better the lives of minoritized individuals in postsecondary education. He pursued this goal by obtaining his PhD in Higher Education and Student Affairs from The Ohio State University. Now, his scholarship involves understanding how historical and contemporary legacies of oppression influence college student development, experiences, and success. His research agenda focuses on how queer and trans people of color navigate postsecondary education institutions.


 List of Past Early Career Award Recipients:

  • 2021 Sarah Rodriguez