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J. David Cisneros

Assistant Professor of Communication, Affiliate of Latina/Latino Studies

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Contact Information

  • 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 Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication and affiliate faculty in the Department of Latina/Latino Studies and the Center for Writing Studies. His research focuses on the ways in which social and political identities are rhetorically constructed and contested in the public sphere. He specializes in issues of democracy & citizenship, race/ethnicity, social movements, and immigration. His 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 Daniel Rohrer Memorial Outstanding Research Award (from the American Forensics Association), the Wrage-Baskerville Award (from the National Communication Association’s Public Address Division), and the Article of the Year Award from the Eastern Communication Association. Dr. 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


  • CMN 396: 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.