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Josue David Cisneros

Associate Professor of Communication, Affiliate of Latina/Latino Studies

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  • Address: 3001 Lincoln Hall, MC-456
    702 South Wright Street
    Urbana IL 61801
  • Telephone: 217-333-2683
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Dr. J. David Cisneros is Associate Professor in the Department of Communication and affiliate faculty in the Department of Latina/Latino Studies, the Center for Writing Studies, and the Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory. Cisneros' interests are in Rhetorical Studies and Intercultural Communication. His research focuses on public rhetoric about identity and culture, especially the ways that social identities likerace/ethnicity, citizenship, and national identity are defined, maintained, andredefined through public communication. His research also explores rhetorics of resistance and social movement, especially as they concern issues of race and immigration. 

Cisneros' research has appeared in journals such as Rhetoric & Public Affairs, Argumentation & Advocacy, Journal of International and Intercultural Communication, and Quarterly Journal of Speech. He published “The Border Crossed Us”: Rhetorics of Borders, Citizenship, and Latina/o Identity  with the University of Alabama Press in 2014. His research has received awards such as the Wrage-Baskerville Award (from the National Communication Association’s Public Address Division), the Article of the Year Award from the Eastern Communication Association, and the Early Career Award from the NCA's Rhetorical and Communication Theory Division.

Cisneros teaches courses in the areas of rhetorical theory and criticism, critical theory, critical race, studies, and public advocacy. 

Specializations / Research Interest(s)

  • Race and Ethnicity
  • Social Movements
  • Democracy and Citizenship
  • Immigration
  • Latina/o Studies
  • Cultural Studies
  • Critical Intercultural Communication


  • Ph.D., Speech Communication (Rhetoric), The University of Georgia, 2009

Distinctions / Awards

  • Conrad Humanities Scholar, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2018-2022
  • Early Career Award, Rhetorical and Communication Theory Division, National Communication Association (NCA), 2017
  • Helen Corley Petit Scholar, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2017-2018
  • Emerging Scholar Award, Critical Cultural Studies Division, NCA, 2015
  • Junior Research Fellowship, Unit for Criticism & Interpretive Theory, University of Illinois, 2014-2016
  • Article of the Year Award, Eastern Communication Association, 2013
  • Wrage-Baskerville Award for Top Paper, Public Address Division, National Communication Association, 2012
  • Top paper award, Media Ecology Association, 2012
  • Daniel Rohrer Memorial Outstanding Research Award, American Forensics Association, 2010


  • CMN 250: Social Movement Communication
  • CMN 417: Contemporary Rhetorical Theory
  • CMN 538: Rhetoric of Social Movement(s)
  • CMN 538: Rhetoric, Democracy, and Citizenship



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    Cisneros, Josue D. "The Border Crossed Us": Rhetorics of Borders, Citizenship, and Latina/o Identity. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 2014.

Book Contributions

  • Cisneros, J. D. "Affect, Emotion, and Immigration Rhetoric, or What Happens When a Minuteman Moves in with Undocumented Immigrants?”." The Rhetorics of US Immigration: Identity, Community, Otherness. Ed. Johann Hartelius. State College: Penn State Press, 2015. 247-274.

  • Cisneros, J. D. "“The son of a black man from Kenya and a white woman from Kansas": Immigration and Racial Neoliberalism in the Age of Obama.." American Identity in the Age of Obama. Ed. Amilcar A. Barreto and Richard D. O'Bryant. New York: Routledge, 2014. 70-99.

Journal Articles

  • Cisneros, J. D., and Thomas K. Nakayama. "New Media, Old Racisms: Twitter, Miss America, and Cultural Logics of Race." Journal of International and Intercultural Communication 8 (2015): 108-127.

  • Cisneros, J. D. "A Nation of Immigrants and a Nation of Laws: Race, Multiculturalism, and Neoliberal Exception in Barack Obama’s Immigration Discourse." Communication, Culture, & Critique 8 (2015): 356-375.

  • Cisneros, J. D. "(Re)Bordering the Civic Imaginary: Rhetoric, Hybridity, and Citizenship in La Gran Marcha." Quarterly Journal of Speech 97 (2011): 26-49.