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Iris D. Ruiz

Assistant Director/Continuing Lecturer


  • Ph.D. Literature, University of California San Diego, May, 2010.
  • M.A. English, Composition Theory, California State University Fresno, June, 2003.
  • B.A., English, California State University Fresno, June, 1999.


Teaching and Research Interests

First Year Composition, Decolonial Rhetorics, Anti-Racist Digital Humanities, Intersectional and Critical Pedagogy, Decolonial Theory, Writing Program Administration. Decolonial Research Methods, Disciplinary Histories, Critical History, Historical Theory


Selected Publications, Presentations, and Professional Activities


"Desconocimiento: A Process of Epistemological Unknowing through Rhetorical Nepantla" University Press of Colorado, 2022.

Race, Rhetoric, and Research Methods. WAC Clearning House: CO, 2021.

Viva Nuestro Caucus: Rewriting the Forgotten Pages of our Caucus. Parlor Press, 2019

Reclaiming Composition for Chicanos/as and Other Ethnic Minorities: A Critical History and Pedagogy, New York: Palgrave, 2016.

Decolonizing Rhetoric and Composition: New Latinx Keywords for Theory and Practice, New York: Palgrave, 2016.

"Decolonial Options and Writing Studies," Composition Studies. Composition Studies 45.2 (2017): 226–229

"La Cultura nos Cura: Reclaiming Decolonial Epistemologies through Medicinal History and Quilting as Method"

"La Indigena: Risky Identity Politics and Decolonial Agency as Indigenous Consciousness"

"Race, Silence, and Writing Program Administration: A Qualitative Study of US College Writing Programs." WPA: Writing Program Administration, vol. 40, no. 3, 2017. 19-39. With Genevieve Irene Garcia de Mueller.


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