Christina V. Cedillo

Christina Cedillo, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Writing and Rhetoric,
College of Human Sciences and Humanities

Contact number: 281-283-3483
Office: Bayou 1508.12


Christina V. Cedillo (she/they) is an associate professor of Writing and Rhetoric. Her/their research draws on critical race theory, disability rhetorics, and decolonial theories to examine embodied rhetorics and rhetorics of embodiment at the intersections of race, gender, and disability and thereby create critical inclusive and antiracist pedagogies that contest how colonization and coloniality affect the lives of marginalized groups.

Professor Cedillo is a co-founder and the lead editor of the Journal of Multimodal Rhetorics, an online, open-access venue dedicated to the study of multimodality in everyday life, particularly among marginalized communities and in commonplace contexts. In addition, she/they sits on the editorial board of constellations: A Cultural Rhetorics Publishing Space; Peitho, Journal of the Coalition of Feminist Scholars in the History of Rhetoric & Composition; and Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy, and serves on the advisory board for the University of South Carolina Press book series, "Movement Rhetoric / Rhetoric’s Movements."

Professor Cedillo is currently co-chair of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) Latinx Caucus, past co-chair of the CCCC Committee on Disability Issues, and a past member of the CCCC Executive Committee.

Areas of Expertise

  • Cultural rhetorics
  • Decolonial theories
  • Latinx/Chicanx rhetorical histories
  • Race studies
  • Embodiment
  • Disability studies
  • Multimodality
  • Critical pedagogies
  • Digital publishing


  • With Christine Garcia, Les Hutchinson Campos, and Genevieve Garcia de Müeller. “‘It’s not you. You belong here.’ A Latinx Conversation on Mentorship and Belonging in the Academy.” Composition Studies. Special Issue: “Diversity is not Equity: BIPOC Scholars Speak to Systemic Racism in the Academy and Field.” E. Ore, K. Wieser, and C. Cedillo, eds. 
  • Cedillo, Christina V. “#cripthevote: Disability Activism, Social Media, and the Campaign for Communal Visibility.” Reflections: A Journal of Community-Engaged Writing and Rhetoric, Summer 2021 Special Issue: “Activism and Academia in Community Work,” Jasmine Villa, Yndalecio Isaac Hinojosa and Isabel Baca, eds.
  • Cedillo, Christina V. “Unruly Borders, Bodies, and Blood: Mexican ‘Mongrels’ and the Eugenics of Empire.” Journal for the History of Rhetoric, vol. 24, no. 1, 2021. Special Issue: “Americas,” C. Olson, ed.
  • Symposium: “Enacting a Culture of Access in Composition Studies,” R. Osorio and A. Hubrig, eds.
  • With Sophia Maier, Jo Hsu, and Remi Yergeau. “Get the Frac In: A (Trans)(crip)t Manyfesto.” Peitho, vol. 22, no. 4, 2020. Special issue: “Transgender Rhetorics,” GPat Patterson and K.J. Rawson, eds. 
  • Cedillo, Christina V. “Disabled and Undocumented: In/visibility at the Borders of Presence, Disclosure, and Nation.” RSQ, vol. 50, no. 3, 2020, pp. 203-211. Special Issue: “Disability, In/Visibility, and Resistance,” K. Kennedy and J. Johnson, eds.
  • Cedillo, Christina V., and Phil Bratta. “Relating Our Experiences: The Practice of Positionality Stories in Student-Centered Pedagogy.” College Composition and Communication, vol. 71, no. 2, 2019, pp. 215-240.
  • Cedillo, Christina V. “What Does It Mean to Move?: Race, Disability, and Critical Embodiment Pedagogy.” Composition Forum, vol. 39, 2018.
  • Cedillo, Christina V. “Diversity, Technology, and Composition: Honoring Students’ Multimodal Home Places.” Present Tense: A Journal of Rhetoric in Society, vol. 6, no. 2, 2017.
  • Cedillo, Christina V. “Habitual Gender: Rhetorical Androgyny in Franciscan Texts.” Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion, vol. 31, no. 1, 2015, pp. 65-81. Second place Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza New Scholar Award for 2014.
  • Cedillo, Christina V. “Provocation: Torture as an Embodied Rhetoric.” Argumentation and Advocacy: The Journal of the American Forensic Association, vol. 50, no. 4, 2014, pp. 269-272.

Courses (Current Academic Year)

  • WRIT 1301 and 1302: Composition I and II (Themes include: disability studies; monster studies; multimodality)
  • WRIT 3304: Writing for Education (Themes include: Universal Design for Learning; Creating Inclusive Classrooms)
  • WRIT 3307: Advanced Writing (Themes include: digital rhetorics, visual rhetorics and comics; Latinx rhetorics)
  • WRIT 3315: Advanced Technical Writing (Themes include: Critical embodiment; Ethics in communication)

Research Projects

Professor Cedillo's writing has appeared in Rhetoric Society Quarterly, Composition Studies, Reflections, Journal for the History of Rhetoric, College Composition & Communication, Peitho, Feminist Studies in Religion, Argumentation and Advocacy, Present Tense, and Composition Forum, and in the edited collections Privacy Matters: Conversations about Surveillance Within and Beyond the Classroom and Working-Class Rhetorics: A Reader.

Awards and Accomplishments

  • NCTE Leadership Award for People with Disabilities, National Council of Teachers of English, 2021.
  • The Smitherman/Villanueva Scholarly Writing Retreat, Stanford University, July 31-August 4, 2017. Invited participant.
  • The Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza New Scholar Award, second place, 2014.
  • Conference on College Composition and Communication Scholar for the Dream Award, Spring 2012.