Reflecting on Archives (with a Bib-in-Progress)

As I’m preparing to head to New York City to hit up a few archives — some for the first time, some again/”just to make sure” — I’m reflecting a little on “the archive” and its role or place in communication scholarship. I’ve been doing archival research since the eighth grade, thanks to a wonderful teacher who taught us how to use and required us to use places like the Washington State Archives and the Northwest Room and Special Collections at the Tacoma Public Library. Since then, I’ve done a lot more archival research and have crafted an archive of my own, which gathers perhaps the most comprehensive collection of materials on the Young Lords. Still, I probably don’t stop often enough to think about the status and function(s) of the archives and institutions I visit, and the archive of my own that I have constructed.  Continue reading “Reflecting on Archives (with a Bib-in-Progress)”

Grad Students: Tips on Writing

In a recent post, I mentioned speaking to my department’s graduate student organization, COGS (for which I am the advisor), about tips and tricks for having a productive summer. One of the topics they were particularly interested in is the writing process, which exceeds an exclusive focus on the summer. At the outset, everyone needs to understand that there is no magical formula for being a productive writer. I think the biggest things good writers have in common, however, are (a) that they have a game plan/methods that work for them and (b) that they view writing as a process rather than an event. With that in mind, here are some things that I find helpful in becoming a mildly productive writer (or, at least, pretending to be one). These notes were written for my UNT audience, so there are some specific references that won’t apply to others.  Continue reading “Grad Students: Tips on Writing”

Grad Students: Some Tips for Summer Productivity and Applying for Ph.D.’s

I was recently asked to speak to my department’s graduate student organization, COGS (for which I am the advisor), about thinking ahead to the summer. Basically, there were two main issues I was asked to address: thinking about Ph.D. programs (we’re a Masters-only program at UNT) and getting work (particularly writing) done over the summer. As a result, I came up with some general notes/ideas that I’d like to share with a wider audience. Some of these notes reference some UNT-specific things, but I think a lot of what I have to say is applicable to Masters students elsewhere. So here goes. Continue reading “Grad Students: Some Tips for Summer Productivity and Applying for Ph.D.’s”

Critical Ethnic Studies (Some Reflections for NCAers)

Yesterday was the first day of the Critical Ethnic Studies conference at UC-Riverside. Framed around the topic of “Settler Colonialism and the Future of Genocide,” this is a well attended, exciting, and rigorous conference that compels all in attendance to rethink not only systems of domination and power rooted in ethnoracial constructs, but also our own complicity in those systems. I’ll possibly have a couple of posts to make after it’s all over; but I wanted to post a point for reflection now, especially as so many people I know are finalizing their proposals for next year’s National Communication Association convention.  Continue reading “Critical Ethnic Studies (Some Reflections for NCAers)”

Malcolm X and Puerto Ricans

Since it’s still Black history month, I figured I’d share a little document from my archive. This is from the Young Lords’ newspaper, Palante, Volume 2, Issue 1, February 1970. The piece underscores coalitional politics and possibilities between black and brown radicals … lessons it seems like we keep having to relearn. Continue reading “Malcolm X and Puerto Ricans”

Teaching/Research Tools: Google Chrome and Reader

Those who know me know that I’m a bit of a techie and a bit more of an Apple evangelist. Part of being an Apple evangelist (or “fanboy,” in the kids’ vernacular) is using Apple software when it’s available. Sure, I’ve always used Word instead of Pages (Pages just isn’t “there” for me quite yet); but for just about everything else, I use the Apple option: Keynote instead of PowerPoint, Numbers instead of Excel (most of the time), and Safari instead of anything else. Well, I’ve seen the light.  Continue reading “Teaching/Research Tools: Google Chrome and Reader”


I wanted to write a brief post about the name of the site and doing so basically means that I need to explain de-linking. For those of you who don’t know me, I’m a scholar of race and public culture, which means that my scholarly work explores (in one way or another) the relationships between race, democracy, and situated public discourse (a.k.a., rhetoric). This scholarly interest first manifested itself in grad school, when I decided to pursue a dissertation on the New York Young Lords. While I continue doing work on the Young Lords, my scholarship has broadened out to examine other situated rhetorics of race and racial(ized) rhetorics (e.g., work on Obama and the Tea Party, Nuyorican cultural production, and Sonja Sotomayor).  Continue reading “Delinking”

Hello world!

What’s a blog or a website without a “hello world” post?!? Welcome to my new blog and website. I hope to be posting a bit more, here, on topics relevant to my research, teaching, and interests. If you choose to follow along, I thank you.

The next post will be on “de-linking.”