I’m an associate 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.


Ph.D., Texas A&M University, 2011


Other Publications


Cedillo, Christina V. #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/

With Christine Garcia, Les Hutchinson Campos, and Genevieve Garcia de Müeller. “‘It’s not you. You belong here.’ A Latinx Conversation on Mentorship and Belonging in the Academy.” Composition Studies, vol. 49, no. 2, 2021. Special Issue: “Diversity is not Equity: BIPOC Scholars Speak to Systemic Racism in the Academy and Field.”  E. Ore, K. Wieser, and C. Cedillo, eds., https://compstudiesjournal.com/current-issue-summer-2021-49-2/

Cedillo, Christina V. “#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/

Cedillo, Christina V. “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, 2022.

With Cody A. Jackson. “We Are Here to Crip that Shit: Embodying Accountability Beyond the ‘Word.’” College Composition and Communication, vol. 72, no. 1, 2020. Symposium: “Enacting a Culture of Access in Composition Studies,” R. Osorio and A. Hubrig, eds.

With Sophia Maier, Jo Hsu, and Remi Yergeau. “Get the Frac In: A (Trans)(crip)t Many-festo.” Peitho, vol. 22, no. 4, 2020. Special issue: “Transgender Rhetorics,” GPat Patterson and K.J. Rawson, eds., https://cfshrc.org/article/get-the-frac-in-or-the-fractal-many-festo-a-transcript/.

Cedillo, Christina V. “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.

Cedillo, Christina V., and Phil Bratta. “Relating Our Experiences: The Practice of Positionality Stories in Student-Centered Pedagogy.” College Composition and Communication, vol. 71, no. 2, 2019, pp. 215-240. Scholarship to Improve Higher Education Award winner, UHCL Center for Faculty Development, 2022.

Cedillo, Christina V. “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.

Cedillo, Christina V. “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/.

Cedillo, Christina V. “Habitual Gender: Rhetorical Androgyny in Franciscan Texts.” Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion, vol. 31, no. 1, 2015, pp. 65-81. Second place Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza New Scholar Award for 2014.

Cedillo, Christina V. “Provocation: Torture as an Embodied Rhetoric.” Argumentation and Advocacy: The Journal of the American Forensic Association, vol. 50, no. 4, 2014, pp. 269-272.

Book Chapters

Cedillo, Christina V.  “Racism and/as Ableism and the Rhetorical Syzygy of Exclusion.” Ethnicity and Race in Communication Handbook, B. Calafell and S. Eguchi, eds. (Forthcoming)

Cedillo, Christina V. “Smoke and Mirrors: Re-creating Material Relation(ship)s through Mexica Story.” Decolonial Conversations in Posthuman & New Material Rhetorics, D. M. Grant and J. Clary-Lemon, eds.

Cedillo, Christina V. “A Faustian Bargain: Embodied Rhetorics, Multiple Marginalization, and Academic Identity.” Working-Class Rhetorics: Contemporary Memoir and Analyses, J. Beech and M. Guy, eds., Brill, 2021.

Cedillo, Christina V. “The Perils of the Public Professoriate: On Surveillance, Academic Freedom, and Identity-Avoidant Frameworks.” Privacy Matters: Conversations about Surveillance Within and Beyond the Classroom, E. Beck and L. Hutchinson, eds., Utah State UP, April 2021.

Cedillo, Christina V. “On Empathy, Anthropocentrism, and Rhetorical Tropes: An Analysis of Online ‘Save the Bees!’ Campaign Images.” Screening the Non/human: Animal Representations in Visual Media, A. E. George and J. L. Schatz, eds., Lexington, 2016.

Blog Posts


    Editorial Work

    Lead Editor and Co-Founder of The Journal of Multimodal Rhetorics

    Special Issues

    Adam Hubrig and Christina V. Cedillo. Community Literacy Journal Special Issue: Accessing Community Literacies. (forthcoming)

    Ersula Ore, Kimberly Wieser, and Christina V. Cedillo. NCTE/CCCC Cross-Caucus Special Issue: “Diversity is not an End Game: BIPOC Futures in the Academy.” Present Tense, vol. 9, no. 2, 2022.

    Ersula Ore, Christina V. Cedillo, and Kimberly Wieser. NCTE/CCCC Cross-Caucus Special Issue: “Diversity is not Equity: BIPOC Scholars Speak to Systemic Racism in the Academy and Field.” Composition Studies, vol. 49., no. 2, 2021.



    Ersula Ore, Kimberly Wieser, and Christina V. Cedillo. NCTE/CCCC Cross-Caucus Symposium: “Diversity is not Justice: Working Toward Radical Transformation and Racial Equity in the Discipline.” CCC, vol. 72, no. 4, 2021, pp. 601-620.

    Ersula Ore, Kimberly Wieser, and Christina V. Cedillo. NCTE/CCCC Cross-Caucus Symposium: “Diversity is not Enough: Mentorship and Community-Building as Antiracist Praxis.” Rhetoric Review, vol. 40, no. 3, 2021, pp. 207–256.

    In Progress

    Cedillo, Christina V.  “Not-So-Universal Design: Accounting for Race in Disability Writing Pedagogy.” Disability and the Teaching of Writing 2.0, S. K. Wheeler, et al., eds.

    Cedillo, Christina V. “On Embodied Rhetorical Choices; Or, Cultivating a Decolonial Approach to Publishing.” Decolonial Possibilities: Practices in the Discipline of Rhetoric and Writing, A. Riley-Mukavetz, R. Crane Bizzaro, and L. King, eds.

    Cedillo, Christina V. “Belonging while Brown: On the Bodily-Spatial Effects of Educational Adaptation.” Nuestra América: Latinx Perspectives on Writing, Rhetorics, and Literacies, I. Ruiz and R. Sanchez, eds., NCTE.

    Cedillo, Christina V. “Writing with Our Bodies: Recovering Pathos through Critical Embodiment Pedagogy.” Hopes & Anxieties about the Futures of Rhetoric and Composition, J. Juskiewicz and R. McCabe, eds.

    Cedillo, Christina V. “‘Nosotros no somos mitos del pasado ni del presente’: Ethos and/as Exigence in Latin American Indigenous Women’s Rhetorics.” Rhetorica in Motion II: Feminist Rhetorical Methods and Methodologies, Eileen E. Schell, K.J. Rawson, Abby Long, Curtis J. Jewell, Sidney Turner, and Gabriella Wilson., eds.

    Cedillo, Christina V. ““[S]treite unto my myrrowr and my glas”: Disability, Identification, and Reading the Past.” Journal for the History of Rhetoric, J. T. Loveridge, ed.

    Cedillo, Christina V. 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 to secure public platforms and promote social justice. (manuscript in progress)

    Upcoming Talks and Conferences

    “Rhetorical Canons Reimagined: Materiality, Epistemology, and Multimodal Home Places.” Keynote speaker. 7th Annual Southern Regional Composition Conference, University of Arkansas at Little Rock. March 31- April 1 2022. (Honorarium.)

    “Back to the Body: Critical Embodiment Pedagogy and Rhetorical Inclusion.” Louisiana State University. November 2021. (Honorarium)

    Panelist: “So You Want to Edit a Journal.” RSA Remote Series, Rhetoric Society of America. November 2021.

    “Critical Embodiment Approaches to Antiracist Rhetorical Praxis.” Language, Writing, and Rhetoric Speaker Series, University of Maryland. October 2021.  (Honorarium)

    Roundtable participant: “Journal Publication.” Fourth HBCU Symposium on Rhetoric and Composition, Online. September 2021.

    “Neurodiversity and Unconscious Bias: Unconscious Bias in Education.” 6th Annual LoneStar LEND Conference [Leadership Education in Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities], Houston, TX. May 2021. (Honorarium.)

    Plenary Talk: “Making Room for the ‘Multiverse’: Building Classrooms with Access for All in Mind.” Old Dominion University Spring Conference on the Teaching of Writing: “Surviving Thriving in the New Normal.” April 2021. (Honorarium.)

    “Race, Disability, and Decolonization: Re-envisioning Rhetorical Space and Time.” Virginia Tech University Rhetoric Club, RSA chapter. April 2021. (Honorarium.)

    “On Inclusive Editing Practices.” Writing, Rhetoric, and Digital Studies Seminar, K. Soto Vega. University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY. January 2020.

    “Writing Bodies: Critical Embodiment Pedagogy as Rhetorical Listening.” Keynote Speaker. Two Year College English Association-Southwest (TYCA-SW) Conference, Conroe, TX. October 2019. (Honorarium.)

    “Disability: A Brief Interactive History.” Education seminar, M. Amezcua. New York University, New York, NY. October 2019. (Honorarium.)

    Nevada State College Online Writing Center Speaker Series, June 2019. (Honorarium.)

    “Inviting Writing: Critical Embodiment Pedagogy in/and the Composition Classroom.” Keynote speaker. University of New Mexico English Department Graduate Student Conference, Albuquerque, NM. November 2018. (Honorarium.)

    “Towards a Composition that Matters: Bridging the Material-Digital Divide.” Featured speaker. Twelfth Biennial Thomas R. Watson Conference, Louisville, KY. October 2018. (Honorarium.)


    National Council of Teachers of English

    College English Editor Search Committee, 2021

    Conference on College Composition and Communication

    Leadership Positions

    Co-chair, Latinx Caucus, 2018-2021

    Executive Committee, 2018-2020

    Vice-chair, Latinx Caucus, 2017-2018

    Co-chair, Committee on Disability Issues in College Composition, 2018-2021

    CCCC Nominating Committee, 2015-2016

    Awards Committees

    Chair, Disability in College Composition Travel Awards Selection Committee, 2020

    Emergent Researcher Award Committee, 2019-2020

    Gloria Anzaldúa Rhetorician Award Committee, 2019

    Lavender Rhetorics Award for Excellence in Queer Scholarship Committee, 2018

    Disability in College Composition Travel Awards Selection Committee, 2017

    Inclusion Work

    Member, CCCC Committee for Change, 2019-2022

    Member, Committee on Disability Issues in College Composition, 2016-2018

    Rhetoric Society of America

    Book Award Committee Chair, 2023

    Accessibility beyond the ADA Subcommittee (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity & Access Committee), 2020

    Cheryl Geisler Mentorship Award Committee Chair, 2022

    Cheryl Geisler Mentorship Award Committee, 2020

    Coalition of Feminist Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition

    CFSHRC Host Selection Committee, 2015

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