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University of Houston-Clear Lake
Cultural Histories of Rhetoric
Modern Rhetorical Theories
Embodiment Studies (specifically, intersections of race/gender/disability)
Graduate courses (Ramsey Prison Unit): Histories of Rhetoric; Modern Rhetorical Theories (theme: decolonial theories).
Undergraduate courses: Composition I and II (hybrid); Advanced Writing for the Humanities; Writing for Education; The Cultural Rhetorics of U.S. Vernaculars.
Continuing Education lecture series: Medieval Women Writers; The Role of Women in Ancient Religions; Women Philosophers of Ancient Greece.
I'm a tenure-track assistant professor in the Writing program at the University of Houston-Clear Lake (a Hispanic Serving Institution), where I teach undergraduate courses in first year and advanced composition, the latter mainly for future educators. I also teach graduate Histories of Rhetoric and Modern Rhetorical Theories courses at Ramsey Prison Unit through the UHCL/Texas Department of Criminal Justice Academics for Offenders program.
My main areas of interest include rhetorics of embodiment and embodied rhetorics, i.e., how dominant cultures tell marginalized groups they should be, live, and learn, and how members of marginalized groups make use of embodiment as a trope for examining dominant discourses and an expressive
medium for contesting them.
In my research, I examine intersections of race, gender, and disability using critical and decolonial frameworks based in cultural rhetorics methodologies. My main aims in undertaking such research is to argue that we must remake educational institutions so that we all have presence and a voice, and to assert the rights of people from marginalized groups to honor and practice traditional and homegrown ways of knowledge.