José G. Izaguirre III

 José Izaguirre

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3001 Lincoln Hall, MC-456
702 South Wright Street
Urbana, IL 61801
Graduate Student
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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.

Research Interests

  • Rhetoric and Public Culture
  • Chicana/o Studies
  • Latinx Studies
  • Decoloniality
  • Social Movements
  • Rhetorical Histories


  • M.A. University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, 2016
  • Th.M. Dallas Theological Seminary, 2011
  • B.A. University of Texas at Austin, 2007

Distinctions / Awards

  • 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


  • 2017 NCA Caucus Student Travel Grant, National Communication Association
  • 2015 NCA Caucus Student Travel Grant, National Communication Association


  • 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

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

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.

Book Contributions

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. “Today We March: The Rhetoric of Protest in Chicanx and Latinx Social Movements” Edited by Nathan Crick, Routledge 9999.


Izaguirre III, José G Culture, Catastrophe, and Rhetoric: The Texture of Political Action, edited by Robert Hariman, edited by Ralph Cintron. Rhetoric & Public Affairs 20 3 Edited by Robert Hariman, Edited by Ralph Cintron, 2017, p. 566-569.
Izaguirre III, José G Red Scare Racism and Cold War Black Radicalism by James Zeigler. Rhetoric Society Quarterly 47 2 Source Author James Zeigler, 2017, p. 1-3.
Izaguirre III, José G Prophets, Gurus, Pundits: Rhetorical Styles & Public Engagement by Anna Young. Quarterly Journal of Speech 101 4 Source Author Anna Young, 2015, p. 673-677.
Izaguirre III, José G Latina/o Discourse in Vernacular Spaces: Somos de Una Voz? edited by Michelle Holling, edited by Bernadette Calafell. Discourse & Society 27 2 Edited by Michelle Holling, Edited by Bernadette Calafell, 2016, p. 242-244.