Isaac Felix

Isaac Felix (he/him/his) is a doctoral student at UC Berkeley’s School of Education. Originally from Tijuana, Baja California, México, Isaac grew up crossing the México-U.S. border daily to attend public schools in San Diego. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Human Biology and Society and Chicana/o Studies from UCLA. Prior to pursuing his doctoral studies, Isaac worked in middle school after-school programs, interned at the California Department of Education, and served as the Faculty Diversity Center Coordinator at UC Davis’s Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

Currently, Isaac’s research interests are concerned with the educational experiences and possibilities of transfronterizx youth: (most often) U.S. citizens living in Mexican border cities who cross the Mexico-U.S. border daily to attend U.S. schools. Particularly, he is interested in how transfronterizx students negotiate and make sense of highly dynamic and contested spatial ecologies across the Tijuana-San Diego region, and the learning therein as transfronterizx students move within and across border spaces. Notably, Isaac received the Ford Foundation’s Pre-Doctoral Fellowship in 2022 from the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine. Beyond research, Isaac is passionate about educational justice and intergenerational mentorship for students from non-dominant communities.

Specializations and Interests

Transfronterizx Youth; MX-US Border Region Education; Learning; Literacy; Language


MA, Education, UC Berkeley

BA, Human Biology and Society & Chicana/o Studies, UCLA