Victor Villanueva is Regents Professor and Edward R. Meyer Distinguished Professor of English at Washington State University. The author or co-editor of eight books and author of nearly fifty articles or chapters in books, he is the winner of two national awards for his Bootstraps, From an American Academic of Color, editor and co-editor (for the third edition) of Cross-Talk in Comp Theory: A Reader, one of the most-adopted books for the training of English teachers of writing in the U.S. and abroad. His writings were twice chosen as the Common Reading at Buffalo State University. Having delivered well over a hundred talks nationally and internationally, he was declared the 1999 Rhetorician of the Year and granted the 2008 Advancement of People of Color Leadership Award, among other honors. He is a former chair of the national organization for Rhetoric and Writing Studies: the Conference on College Composition and Communication, and he was honored with the organization's 2009 Exemplar Award. All of his efforts center on the connections between language and racism, the connections between the conscious use of language which is rhetoric and its ties to ideology and political economy historically and within a modern world system, trying to understand how these elements allow for the continued markers of hierarchies of difference (racism, sexism, heterosexism, class divides, and the like). His most recent work concerns the rhetoric of neoliberalism in continued colonialism (with special focus on Puerto Rico). Over the past quarter century, he has served on well over a hundred graduate student MA and PhD committees and has been the major advisor for seventy-five of those. Dissertations have discussed the roles of rhetoric and political economy in discussions of basic writers (those not quite prepared for college writing), the rhetorics of culture and identity politics, institutional racism and community-based assessment, “Gender, Culture, Media, and the Middle East," and even the rhetorics and representation of racism in World of Warcraft.
Villanueva has written, edited, or co-edited six books and has two more under contract. Among his books are Bootstraps: From an American Academic of Color, Cross-Talk in Comp Theory: A Reader, now in its third edition, and Rhetorics of the Americas: 3114 BCE to 2012 CE (2009). He has edited or co-edited two special editions of College English, has published over 65 articles, book chapters, or reviews, many of which have been anthologized, and he has delivered over 100 presentations, nearly 40 of which have been keynote addresses, including a distinguished visiting professorship address. His current projects concern the connections among rhetoric, political economies, and racism.
Villanueva’s thirty years of teaching have included fifteen different undergraduate course topics—from teaching writing to underprepared first-year students, to the connections between literacy and politics, to the rhetorics of racism. He has also taught over a dozen graduate courses—from methods of teaching writing to the rhetorics of political economy. His research interests are reflected in his publications and his teaching.
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