Decolonial activism and social justice efforts in a variety of modalities and languages come across and inform my scholarly pursuits.
In my dissertation I recover a rhetorical history of Lolita Lebrón, with which I explore struggles for rhetorical sovereignty that Puerto Rican nationalist women have taken on since the mid-twentieth century. Adopting a transnational feminist rhetoric framework prompts me to explore the networks of solidarity between liberation efforts from other subjugated groups in/by the U.S. nation state. To study the case of Lolita Lebrón, I pay close attention to her gender performance, writing, and the visual rhetoric surrounding her figure and what I call her rhetorics of defiance to U.S. empire.
My interest in activism is also visible, and can be heard more clearly in my work as co-executive producer for This Rhetorical Life-a podcast dedicated to the practice, pedagogy, and circulation of rhetoric in our lives. I’ve enjoyed interviewing scholar activists like Karma Chávez and Steven Salaita, and producing episodes featuring renowned feminist writers like Ana Castillo and Minnie Bruce Pratt.
This Rhetorical Life episodes have become valuable resources for students and teachers within the field of rhetoric and composition. Among many of the renowned scholars featured are Gesa Kirsch, Jennifer Trainor, and Ira Shor. Visit http://thisrhetoricallife.syr.edu for a complete list of episodes.
Sonic rhetorics and multimodality in new media are both explored and enacted in my scholarship. Some of the articles I’ve published come out of work I’ve done for This Rhetorical Life, but also work I’ve done outside of my time at Syracuse University. For instance, my interview with Steven Salaita was featured in a Journal of Academic Freedom co-written piece with Vani Kannan. On the other hand, my first journal article publication stems from the research I did while pursuing my master’s degree at University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez. Providing a transnational perspective in the Journal of Global Literacies, Technologies, and Emerging Pedagogies is part of my efforts to bridge Puerto Rican life and scholarship within the continental United States.
My scholarly practices strive to support and promote groups that advocate for feminism within the disciplines of rhetoric and composition, as well as women’s and gender studies. Because of my dedication to feminist organizations within rhetoric and composition, I maintain an active role within the Coalition of Feminist Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition. As co-chair of the Rhetorical Society of America’s Student chapter at Syracuse University, I organized an event where Jennifer Stromer-Galley presented her research on gender switching in online multi-player games.
I also take advantage of every opportunity I have to present the work I’ve done, attending conferences focused on the multiple disciplines my scholarship addresses. One of the most interdisciplinary settings in which I was able to present my dissertation work was a conference on histories of Puerto Rican women focusing on women rebels and revolutionaries, held in Utuado, Puerto Rico. For a list of the conferences I’ve attended, and a broader explanation of my academic experiences, refer to my curriculum vitae by clicking on this link.