About Darrel

Dr. Darrel Wanzer-Serrano is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of Iowa. He was born and raised in western Washington state, where he remained until graduate school. He attended the University of Puget Sound for a B.A. in the Department of Communication Studies (1999), where he was an active participant on the policy debate team. After four years there, he made the difficult decision to leave the Pacific Northwest and pursue graduate studies at Indiana University in the (then newly formed) Department of Communication and Culture. At Indiana, Darrel received an M.A. in Rhetoric and Public Culture (2001). In 2007, he received his Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Public Culture under the directorship of John Louis Lucaites. After short stints at the University of Georgia and the University of Illinois, Darrel made his way to the University of North Texas, where he remained from 2009-2012. He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in rhetoric, cultural studies, critical theories of race/ethnicity, de/coloniality, and Latinx studies; and he has a research focus on the same topics.

You can follow Darrel on Twitter @DoctorDWS.

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  1. Just wanted to thank you for your presentation given at Lewis & Clark two weeks ago. Although your “take-aways” seemed deceptively simple they were not small: to confront colonialism, not only as an idea, but as a theoretical apparatus of which rhetoric and rhetorical criticism are a part, and to suggest theories we use be informed by the rhetoric and histories with which we engage…it was inspirational and refreshing to hear your words and story. Thank you for making my week!

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