Adela C. Licona
Associate Professor
University of Arizona

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adela c. licona, ph.d. * department of english * university of arizona
modern languages 482 * tucson, arizona 85721.0067
office * 520.621.1057 * fax * 520.621.7397

aclicona AT email DOT arizona DOT edu

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Adela C. Licona is Associate Professor and Director of the Rhetoric, Composition, and the Teaching of English program at the University of Arizona. She is a member of the Faculty Advisory Committee for the UA Institute for LGBT Studies. She is affiliated faculty in Gender and Women’s Studies, Mexican American Studies, and the Frances McClelland Institute for Children, Youth, and Families. Her interdisciplinary research and teaching interests include borderlands rhetorics, cultural, critical race, critical youth, sexuality and gender studies, social justice media, community literacies, action research, and place-based and public scholarship. Adela is co-director of the Crossroads Collaborative, a “think and act” research collaborative funded by the Ford Foundation that brings stories and numbers together through action-oriented research with academics, youth serving organizations, and youth from the community regarding youth sexuality, health, and rights. She is co-founder of Feminist Action Research in Rhetoric, FARR, a group of progressive feminist scholars engaged in public scholarship and community dialogue. She is co-editor of Feminist Pedagogy: Looking Back to Move Forward (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009). Her book, Zines In Third Space: Radical Cooperation and Borderlands Rhetoric, was published at SUNY Press in October 2012.  She is Editor Emeritae of Feminist Formations and serves on the board for Women's Studies in Communication (WISC), TRIVIA: Voices of Feminism, QED: A Journal of GLBTQ Worldmaking, Kore Press, Spoken Futures / Tucson Youth Poetry Slam, and Orion Magazine.


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