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Urbana, IL 61801
José is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Communication (expected graduation May 2020) who studies rhetorical histories ranging from the classical era to the present day. He is interested in the ways in which rhetoric enables and empowers de-colonial action and political activation, forms and contests identities, and creates political communities, particularly among those in positions of marginality or facing political silencing.
José's dissertation grapples with the influence of the Viet Nam War on rhetorical formulations of Chican@ identity in counterpublic spaces (1967-1972). These mediated spaces were rich sites in which activists produced and proliferated political identities and offered their own vision(s) of political actions during the turmoil of the Viet Nam War. His research questions foreground the influences of the Viet Nam War as a central event that provoked the emergence and development of Chican@ identity, which, prior to the birth of the farm workers’ movement in California in 1965, had been a primarily obscure cultural signifier at best and a term with negative valence at worst. The project highlights the de-colonial intersections between race, violence, and Chican@ protest during the turmoil of the latter 1960s.
His research crosses a variety of fields (Latinx studies, social movements, transnational histories) and deploys a diversity of theoretical lenses (decoloniality, critical (race) theory, and media theory), all of which enable analyses and examinations of the rhetorical practices of marginalized communities.
Rhetoric and Public Culture
M.A. University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, 2016
Th.M. Dallas Theological Seminary, 2011
B.A. University of Texas at Austin, 2007
2017 NCA Caucus Student Travel Grant, National Communication Association
2015 NCA Caucus Student Travel Grant, National Communication Association
Awards and Honors
2019 Illinois Graduate College Dissertation Travel Award, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
2019 Jesse Delia Outstanding Article Award, Department of Communication
2016 President's Research in Diversity Travel Award, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
CMN 250 Social Movement Communication
CMN 111/112 Oral & Written Communication I/II
CMN 210 Public Communication in Every Day Life (In person and Online)
CMN 323 Argumentation
CMN 211 Business Communication
CMN 101 Introduction to Public Speaking
Izaguirre III, José G. "“A Social Movement in Fact”: La Raza and El Plan de Delano." forthcoming in Rhetoric Society Quarterly, 2020.
Izaguirre III, José G. "Nonviolence in Context: César Chávez, the Chican@ Movement, and a Poetics of Deferral"." forthcoming in Journal for the History of Rhetoric (previously Advances in the History of Rhetoric), 2020.
Izaguirre III, José G, and Dr. J. David Cisneros. "“Today We March: The Rhetoric of Protest in Chicanx and Latinx Social Movements”." Forthcoming in The Routledge Handbook of the Rhetoric of Social Movements, edited by Nathan Crick. Routledge, 9999.
Izaguirre III, José G. Review of Culture, Catastrophe, and Rhetoric: The Texture of Political Action, edited by Robert Hariman, edited by Ralph Cintron. Rhetoric & Public Affairs, vol. 20, no. 3, 2017, p. 566-569.
Izaguirre III, José G. Review of Red Scare Racism and Cold War Black Radicalism by James Zeigler. Rhetoric Society Quarterly, vol. 47, no. 2, 2017, p. 1-3.
Izaguirre III, José G. Review of Prophets, Gurus, Pundits: Rhetorical Styles & Public Engagement by Anna Young. Quarterly Journal of Speech, vol. 101, no. 4, 2015, p. 673-677.
Izaguirre III, José G. Review of Latina/o Discourse in Vernacular Spaces: Somos de Una Voz? edited by Michelle Holling, edited by Bernadette Calafell. Discourse & Society, vol. 27, no. 2, 2016, p. 242-244.