AboutI’m an associate professor of Writing and Rhetoric at the University of Houston-Clear Lake in Houston, Texas, Currently, I teach courses in technical and business writing, writing in the disciplines (Education and Humanities), and advanced writing. I’ve also taught graduate courses in rhetorical theory at Ramsey Prison Unit. I graduated from Texas A&M University with a Ph.D. in English in 2011, with concentrations in rhetoric and composition, and women’s studies. Drawing on CRT, decolonial theory, and disability studies, I examine transhistorical and contemporary issues affecting BIPOC, disabled, and queer communities. My primary area of interest lies at the intersections of race, gender, and disability as I examine how legal, scientific, and popular discourses circumscribe the lives of marginalized populations (rhetorics of embodiment), and how they, in turn, enact rhetorical presence and engage in re-humanization practices (embodied rhetorics) using multimodality and digital technologies. In addition, my work in critical pedagogy draws on this research to advance access as an intersectional concept beyond standard whitestream UD frameworks.
EducationPh.D., Texas A&M University, 2011
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Other PublicationsSample Articles
“#DisabilityTooWhite: On Erasure’s Material and Physical Dimensions.” Spark: A 4C4Equality Journal
, vol. 4, 2022. Special Issue: “Liberation Happens When We All Get Free, or, Disability Justice Academia Isn’t,” Ada Hubrig, ed. https://sparkactivism.com/disabilitytoowhite/
“#cripthevote: Disability Activism, Social Media, and the Campaign for Communal Visibility.” Reflections: A Journal of Community-Engaged Writing and Rhetoric
, Summer 2021 Special Issue: “Activism and Academia in Community Work,” Jasmine Villa, Yndalecio Isaac Hinojosa and Isabel Baca, eds. https://reflectionsjournal.net/2021/06/cripthevote-disability-activism-social-media-and-the-campaign-for-communal-visibility/
“Unruly Borders, Bodies, and Blood: Mexican ‘Mongrels’ and the Eugenics of Empire.” Journal for the History of Rhetoric
, vol. 24, no. 1, 2021. Special Issue: “Americas,” C. Olson, ed. Texas Research & Scholarship Award winner, UHCL Center for Faculty Development.
“Disabled and Undocumented: In/visibility at the Borders of Presence, Disclosure, and Nation.” RSQ
, vol. 50, no. 3, 2020, pp. 203-211. Special Issue: “Disability, In/Visibility, and Resistance,” K. Kennedy and J. Johnson, eds.
“What Does It Mean to Move?: Race, Disability, and Critical Embodiment Pedagogy.” Composition Forum
, vol. 39, 2018. http://compositionforum.com/issue/39/to-move.php
“Diversity, Technology, and Composition: Honoring Students’ Multimodal Home Places.” Present Tense: A Journal of Rhetoric in Society
, vol. 6, no. 2, 2017. https://www.presenttensejournal.org/volume-6/diversity-technology-and-composition-honoring-students-multimodal-home-places/
ProjectsWith Ada Hubrig and Marilee Brooks-Gillies, eds. Rhetorical Approaches to Critical Embodiment: Diverse Perspectives on Academia, Activism, and Everyday Life. Writing in diverse genres and across subfields, multiply marginalized authors discuss the many reasons why we must deconstruct whitestream notions of “the body” to center real people in academic and everyday spaces.
Embodying the Struggle: The Multimodal Rhetorics of Women of Color Activists. Drawing on critical race studies, women of color feminisms, and multimodal rhetorics, this monograph examines how Black, Native, and Latinx women activists of the 20th and 21st centuries have engaged multimodal rhetorics and technologies to secure public platforms and promote social justice.
Upcoming Talks and Conferences“How to Get Published.” Editors’ Interactive session. The Modern Language Association Conference, Philadelphia, PA. January 2024.
“Trans And Crip Stories Against Hostile Legislation and Empty Gestures.” Roundtable. The Modern Language Association Conference, Philadelphia, PA. January 2024.
With Jo Hsu and Ada Hubrig. “Mad Frictions + Digital Accessible Futures: Hostile Legislation, Digital Activism, and TransCrip Stories.” [Panel discussion and mini-workshop] DISCO Network Speaker Series. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI. November 2023.
Keynote Conversation with Christina V. Cedillo, Ersula J. Ore and Kimberly Wieser-Weryackwe: “Writing, Striving, and Surviving during COVID Times.” Conference on Community Writing, Denver, CO. October 2023.
“Imagining Transformative Access—And Beyond—in Community Writing.” Workshop, with Ada Hubrig. Conference on Community Writing, Denver, CO. October 2023.
“When Restoration, Healing, and Harm Overlap—and When They Don’t. Stories from Scholar/Activists in Disability, Indigenous, Feminist of Color, and Trans Rhetorics.” Roundtable, with Ada Hubrig, Jo Hubrig, Andrea Riley Kukavetz, and Margaret Price. Feminisms and Rhetorics 2023, Atlanta, GA. October 2023.
With Ada Hubrig. “Community Access Lab: A Workshop in Access Pedagogy as Community-Building.” Georgetown University, Disability Studies Program. September 2023.
MembershipsNational Council of Teachers of English/ Conference on College Composition and Communication
Digital Ethnic Futures Consortium
Conference on Community Writing
Rhetoric Society of America
Coalition of Feminist Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition (CFSHRC)
International Society for the Study of Rhetoric
Modern Language Association