AboutI’m an assistant professor of Writing and Rhetoric at the University of Houston-Clear Lake in Houston, Texas, Currently, I teach courses in basic and advanced writing, and graduate classes in rhetorical studies at TDCJ Ramsey Unit. I’ve also taught graduate courses in rhetorical theory, composition pedagogy, and creative writing elsewhere. I graduated from Texas A&M University with a Ph.D. in English in 2011, with concentrations in rhetoric and composition, women’s studies, and medieval studies. These interests now guide me in writing about contemporary issues and contexts of coloniality, especially those affecting Latinxs. My primary areas of interest are race, gender, disability, embodied rhetorics and rhetorics of embodiment, and inclusive and empowering pedagogies.
EducationPh.D., Texas A&M University, 2011
PublicationsCo-Lead Editor and Founder of The Journal of Multimodal Rhetorics
“What Does It Mean to Move?: Race, Disability, and Critical Embodiment Pedagogy.” Composition Forum. (forthcoming)
“Diversity, Technology, and Composition: Honoring Students’ Multimodal Home Places.” Present Tense: A Journal of Rhetoric in Society 6.2. (Spring 2017).
“Bodies and Bees: Rhetorics of Non-/Human Embodiment in Anti-Pesticide Campaign Images.” Screening the Non/human: Animal Representations in Visual Media, 2016.
“Horror under the Radar: Memory, Revelation, and the Ghosts of Below.” Horrors of War: The Living, the Undead, and the Battlefield, 2015.
“Habitual Gender: Rhetorical Androgyny in Franciscan Texts.” Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion 31.1 (Spring 2015). Awarded the second-place Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza New Scholar Award for 2014.
“Torture as an Embodied Rhetoric.” Argumentation and Advocacy: The Journal of the American Forensic Association 50.4 (Spring 2014).
ProjectsArticle. “(Re-)Embodying Spaces: Emma Tenayuca’s Social and Cultural Geographies.”
Article. “How We Re-member: The Decolonial Rhetorics of Roadside Shrines.”
Video essay. “How Mexica Make Music: Contesting the Myth of Cultural Extinction.”
Upcoming Talks and Conferences“Rhetorics of Insecurity: Foregrounding Un/documented Status as Axis of Identity.” CCCC panel. The
Modern Language Association Annual Convention, New York, NY. January 2018.
“Haciendo parientes, or Making Relations: We Are Always from el otro lado.” Rhetoric Society of America Biennial Convention, Minneapolis, MN. May-June 2018.
“Decolonize all the (Digital) Things: The Creation of Activist Ethoi on Social Media through the Appropriation of Decoloniality.” Rhetoric Society of America Biennial Convention, Minneapolis, MN. May-June 2018.
MembershipsConference on College Composition and Communication
CCCC Executive Committee (2018-)
Vice-chair of the Latinx Caucus (2017-2018)
Lavender Rhetorics Award for Excellence in Queer Scholarship Committee (2018)
Disability in College Composition Travel Awards Selection Committee (2017)
Committee on Disability Issues in College Composition (2016-)
CCCC Nominating Committee (2015-2016)
Member of the Cultural Rhetorics Consortium
Member of the Coalition of Woman Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition
(CWSHRC) Host Selection Committee (2015)
Member of the Rhetoric Society of America
Member of the National Council of Teachers of English
Member of the International Society for the Study of Rhetoric
Member of the Modern Language Association