José G. Izaguirre III
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
- Chicana/o Studies
- Latinx Studies
- 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 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