Marie Nubia-Feliciano completed her Ph.D. in Education at Chapman University in 2016. She is currently an adjunct professor at Chapman and UC Irvine. Her dissertation was on the experiences of Afro-Boricua women, with a focus on the role of education in that experience. She also holds a master’s degree in Counseling, with an emphasis in student development in higher education, as well as a bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences with a minor emphasis in cognitive psychology.

In addition to Chapman and UC Irvine, Dr. Marie has taught at CSU Long Beach, as part of their Ethnic Studies Initiative with Long Beach Unified School District. In this capacity, she taught Ethnic Studies courses to high school juniors and seniors on Saturdays at high schools in the Long Beach Unified School District. With AB 331, legislating an Ethnic Studies curriculum in the public 9-12 grade, Ethnic Studies may become an increasingly important priority in education here in California.

Dr. Marie was born in Vieques and raised in Culebra, Puerto Rico. Coming to New York, and later to California with her family in the late 1970s, she has developed a keen interest in public and private educational institutions. Having completed her K-12, she then proceeded to the University of California for her bachelor’s, California State University for her master’s, and eventually Chapman University for her doctorate.

Dr. Marie is an advocate for public education on many levels, and is interested in research addressing the experiences of individuals and communities at the boundaries. She is an supporter of Ethnic Studies and advocates for its inclusion in the PreK-12. She currently resides in Orange County, CA with her family.