Michelle Watts is a native Houstonian who recently returned to the greater Houston area. She received her Bachelors from Mount Holyoke College and Masters and Doctorate from Rice University Dr. Watts has taught at Rice University, Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and the University of Cincinnati. While at Miami, she was recognized as an Honored Professor for her ‘remarkable commitment to students.” She has extensive experience in the public sector where she has worked to advance educational equity and social justice causes in youth-serving organizations.
Dr. Watts continues to actively research African American life and culture and received the 1905 Alumnae Fellowship from Mount Holyoke to research Black girlhood and civic engagement. She recently published an article on children’s literature of the Harlem Renaissance. She currently works for Houston ISD as a Senior Manager and AVID District Director in the College Readiness Department.