Josue David Cisneros

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Dr. J. David Cisneros is Associate Professor in the Department of Communication and affiliate faculty in the Department of Latina/Latino Studies, the Center for Writing Studies, and the Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory. Cisneros' interests are in Rhetorical Studies and Intercultural Communication. His research focuses on public rhetoric about identity and culture, especially the ways that social identities like race/ethnicity, citizenship, and national identity are defined, maintained, and redefined through public communication. His research also explores rhetorics of resistance and social movement, especially as they concern issues of race and immigration.

Cisneros' research has appeared in journals such as Rhetoric & Public Affairs, Argumentation & Advocacy, Journal of International and Intercultural Communication, and Quarterly Journal of Speech. He published “The Border Crossed Us”: Rhetorics of Borders, Citizenship, and Latina/o Identity with the University of Alabama Press in 2014. His research has received awards such as the Wrage-Baskerville Award (from the National Communication Association’s Public Address Division), the Article of the Year Award from the Eastern Communication Association, and the Early Career Award from the NCA's Rhetorical and Communication Theory Division.

Cisneros teaches courses in the areas of rhetorical theory and criticism, critical theory, critical race, studies, and public advocacy.

Research Interests

  • Race and Ethnicity
  • Immigration
  • Social Movements
  • Democracy and Citizenship
  • Latina/o Studies
  • Cultural Studies
  • Critical Intercultural Communication

Education/Academic qualification

Speech Communication (Rhetoric), Ph.D., The University of Georgia

… → 2009

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Research Output 2011 2019

The Border Crossed Us: Rhetorics of Borders, Citizenship, and Latina/o Identity

Cisneros, J. D., Jan 1 2013, University of Alabama Press. 248 p. (Rhetoric, Culture, and Social Critique)

Research output: Book/ReportBook

civil rights movement
civil rights

The rhetorical perspective: Doing, being, shaping, and seeing

Cisneros, J. D., McCauliff, K. L. & Beasley, V. B., Jan 1 2019, An Integrated Approach to Communication Theory and Research, Third Edition. Taylor and Francis, p. 247-259 13 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

public communications
decision making

Looking back, looking forward: A dialogue on “the imperative of racial rhetorical criticism”

McGee, A. & Cisneros, J. D., Oct 2 2018, In : Communication and Critical/ Cultural Studies. 15, 4, p. 300-305 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalComment/debate


Marco Rubio’s prospective presidentiality: Latinx politics, race/ethnicity, and the presidency

Cisneros, J. D., Jan 2 2017, In : Quarterly Journal of Speech. 103, 1-2, p. 90-116 27 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


Racial presidentialities: Narratives of latinxs in the 2016 campaign

Cisneros, J. D., Sep 1 2017, In : Rhetoric and Public Affairs. 20, 3, p. 511-523 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle