"Stories take place. Stories practice place into space. Stories produce habitable spaces." 

               ---Malea Powell, 2012 CCCC Chair’s Address: "Stories Take Place: A Performance in One Act"


About Me



Hello, I'm Christina V. Cedillo, an Associate Professor of Writing and Rhetoric at the University of Houston-Clear Lake where I teach first-year and advanced writing courses. I also teach graduate Histories of Rhetoric, Rhetorical Theory, and Cultural Rhetorics courses at Ramsey Prison Unit. My research examines embodied rhetorics and rhetorics of embodiment at the intersections of race, gender, and disability, and highlights these identities in the creation of critical inclusive pedagogies. Drawing on critical race theory, disability rhetorics, and decolonial theories, my work highlights rhetorical tropes and topics across time periods that expose how colonization and coloniality affect our lives.

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My current research focuses on Latinx, disabled, and undocumented activism in response to historical and contemporary rhetorics of dehumanization. This focus informs my monograph project, Embodying the Struggle: The Multimodal Rhetorics of Women of Color Activists, which examines the interactions of activists’ public speech and writing, embodied presence, and movement through space(s) to theorize new concepts for analyzing “marginalized multimodalities.”

My work has appeared in Composition StudiesRhetoric Society QuarterlyCollege Composition & Communication, Feminist Studies in Religion, Argumentation and Advocacy, Present Tense, Composition Forum, the Journal for the History of Rhetoric, and various edited collections. I am also 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 to serving as co-chair of the CCCC Latinx Caucus and outgoing co-chair Committee on Disability Issues in College Composition, I was a member of the CCCC Executive Committee. Recently, I chaired the CCCC Disability in College Composition Travel Awards committee and served on the CCCC Gloria Anzaldúa Rhetorician Award and Lavender Rhetorics Award Committees, and served on RSA’s Cheryl Geisler Mentorship Award committee and the RSA Accessibility beyond the ADA Subcommittee of the Inclusion, Diversity, Equity & Access (IDEA) Committee. In 2021, I received the Leadership Award for People with Disabilities from the National Council of Teachers of English.

A woman in glasses smiles at the camera; behind her a door bears different pictures of Chicanx and women's history.

Professional Address

University of Houston-Clear Lake

Bayou 2233.05, 2700 Bay Area Boulevard, Houston, TX, 77058

Phone: 281-283-3483