Assistant Professor, Educational Leadership & Higher Education
Liaison to the Law School
Raquel Muñiz is an attorney and social science researcher who studies how education law and policy can create more equitable educational opportunities for all students, particularly students who have experienced substantial adversity. As a socio-legal scholar, her research focuses on the examination of the implications of law and policy on the education system and public policy decision-making; and on the use of social science research evidence in the legal system and public policy decision-making process. This research interest has led Muñiz to study laws and policies that contribute to the educational experience of different children, youth, and young adult populations. During her J.D. studies, she participated in the Children’s Advocacy Clinic—where she help found the Pennsylvania Trauma-Sensitive Education Task Force—and the Center for Immigrants’ Rights Clinic—where she conducted a research study that examined the experience of lawyers and law students who hold DACA status under the Trump administration. Muñiz has also examined how the summer staff at Upward Bound, one of the federal TRIO programs serving underprivileged student populations, conceptualize socio-emotional skills and promote socio-emotional learning opportunities during the program's summer academy.
American Branch of the International Law Association, Taskforce on Immigrant Human Rights, 2019-present
Muñiz, R. (2019). Leadership Challenges: Handling Sexual Assault on Campus and Promoting Socioemotional Learning. Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership, 22(4), 65-79, https://doi.org/10.117/1555458919870567
Johnston-Walsh, L., Russell, C., Dias, M. S., Boehmer, S., Muñiz, R., & Levi, B. H. (2018). The unreasonably uncertain risks of “reasonable medical certainty” in child abuse cases: Mechanisms for risk reduction. Drake Law Review, 66(2): 253-306.
Muñiz, R. (2018). Religious arbitration in primary and secondary private schools: A cost-benefit analysis model. Rutgers Journal of Law and Religion, 19: 1-24.
Muñiz, R. (2017). You are now entering the school zone, proceed with caution: Educators, arbitration, & children’s rights. Yearbook on Arbitration and Mediation, 9: 197-231.
Muñiz, R., & Frankenberg, E. (2019). Race and education: School desegregation and resegregation since Brown and promising avenues toward integration. In The Oxford Handbook of Children and the Law. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.
Zrzavy, M., & Muñiz, R. (Center for Immigrants’ Rights Clinic). (anticipated 2018). Discrimination at the border under the Trump Administration. Washington, DC: Muslim Advocates.
Muñiz, R., Zrzavy, M., & Svajlenka, N. (Center for Immigrants’ Rights Clinic, lead researcher). (2018). DACAmented law students and lawyers in the age of Trump. Washington, DC: Center for American Progress.
Muñiz, R. (May 2017). From Brown to Green toward equality: The foundation toward equity. The Pennsylvania Education Equity Project. (special piece in celebration of Brown v. Board).
Muñiz, R. (February 2017). Process-oriented approach to educational equity in a democratic society. The American Journal of Education Forum.
Muñiz, R. (June 2016). Call to action: The case of maltreated children and the role of education policy. The American Journal of Education Forum.
Muñiz, R. (2013). Differential Equations: Population Dynamics. Engineering, Mathematics, and Physics Fall Conference, Texas A&M International University, Laredo, TX.
Muñiz, R. (2013). Exploring the Riemann Zeta Function. Engineering, Mathematics, and Physics Fall Conference, Texas A&M International University, Laredo, TX.
Muñiz, R. (2013). Guest Speaker, United High School-Longhorns for Change, Laredo, TX.
Muñiz, R. (2012). Fractals. Engineering, Mathematics, and Physics Fall Conference, Texas A&M International University, Laredo, TX.
Muñiz, R. (Team Member). (2017). Upward Bound Math and Science. U.S. Department of Education. Awarded: $310,856.
Muñiz, R. (Team Member). (2017). Upward Bound Regular (serving predominantly rural student populations). U.S. Department of Education. Awarded: $499,000.
Muñiz, R. (Team Member). (2017). Upward Bound Regular (serving predominantly Latinx student populations). U.S. Department of Education. Awarded: $275,000.