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
Forthcoming/In Press: Muñiz, R. Rethinking social justice: Promoting SEL opportunities to achieve a more just society. Journal of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies.
Muñiz, R. (2019). Amending the unwritten constitutional broad use of prosecutorial discretion immigration law, towards a hyper-narrow concept: An analysis of the DACA program. American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Law Journal, 1(2), 251-277.
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. *Cited by Iowa Appellate Court
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.
ARBITRATION LAW REVIEW, Volume 10 (Managing editor) (LEXISNEXIS 2019)
Gates, E., & Muñiz, R. (forthcoming 2020). Critical systems heuristics. In Routledge Handbook of Systems Thinking.
Castro Samayoa, A., & Muñiz, R., Dupuis, D.,* Murphy, T.+ (forthcoming 2020). Higher education, labor markets, and inequality. In The Oxford Bibliographies in Education
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.
Muñiz, R., Zrzavy, M., & Syajlenka, N. (2018). DACAmented law students and lawyers in the age of Trump. Center for American Progress (a collaboration between the Center for Immigrants Rights and the Center for American Promise).
*Cited in Amicus Brief to United States Supreme Court: Department of Homeland Security, et al., v. Regents of the University of California, et al., No. 18-587 (U.S. Supreme Court, 2019) (Brief of former Homeland Security and Immigration Officials as Amici Curiae in Support of Respondents).
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.
1. EXTERNAL GRANTS (UNDER REVIEW)
$49,786. Rowan-Kenyon, H. (PI), Boatman, A. (Co-PI), Castro Samayoa, A. (Co-PI), Lai, B. (Co-PI), Muñiz, R. (Co-PI) (Co-PIs listed alphabetically) (2020-2021). Supporting displaced students’ education pathways: Puerto Rican youth in Massachusetts after Hurricane Maria. Russell Sage Foundation.
$713,522. Muñiz, R. (PI), Gates, E. (Co-PI), Castro Samayoa, A. (Co-PI), & Oliveira, G. (Co-PI) (2020-2024). Disrupting the school-to-prison pipeline: A mixed methods study examining attorney use of research evidence to improve the lives of youth. W. T. Grant Foundation. (invited to submit full proposal (11/2019) after LOI submission (05/2019)).
2. EXTERNAL GRANTS (FUNDED)
$49,958. Castro Samayoa, A. (PI) & Muñiz, R. (Co-PI) (2019-2020). What’s the worth of a legal education today? Using normative case studies to examine Latinx students’ articulations of the value proposition of law schools across differently-institutions. The Spencer Foundation.
$49,978. Castro Samayoa, A. (PI), Muñiz, R. (Co-PI)., & Gates, E. (Co-PI). (2019). What’s it all for? Exploring how Latinx students and university officials at differently-ranked law schools articulate legal education’s value through normative case studies. AccessLex Institute & American Institutional Research. RG-27563.
$310,856. Team member. U.S. Department of Education, Upward Bound Math and Science (2017).
$499,000. Team member. U.S. Department of Education, Upward Bound Regular (serving predominantly rural student populations) (2017).
$275,000, team member, U.S. Department of Education, Upward Bound Regular (serving predominantly Latinx student populations) (2017).
3. INTERNAL GRANTS (FUNDED)
$2,000. Muñiz, R. Teaching Fellowship, Course: Education Law for District Leaders
$2,000. Muñiz, R. & Borg, N. Boston College, Research Expense Grant (2019).
$15,000. Muñiz, R. (Co-PI) & Gates, E (Co-PI), Boston College, Research Incentive Grant, “Equitable system change: Learning from cases in education and health” (2019).