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David Cisneros

David Cisneros

Contact Information

3001 Lincoln Hall | MC-456 702 South


Current Courses

CMN 396: Social Movement Communication
CMN 417: Contemporary Rhetorics



Dr. J. David Cisneros is Associate Professor in the Department of Communication. His research focuses on the ways in which social and political identities are rhetorically constituted and contested in the public sphere. He specializes in issues of citizenship, race/ethnicity, Latina/o identity, and immigration.


Dr. Cisneros has published studies on government rhetoric, political campaigns, and mass media about immigration and Latina/o communities as well as research examining the rhetorical strategies of grassroots, social protest movements and ethnic minorities. His research has appeared in journals such as Rhetoric & Public Affairs, Argumentation & Advocacy, Communication Quarterly, 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 persuasion, rhetorical theory and criticism, and public advocacy. Prior to teaching at Illinois, Dr. Cisneros taught at Northeastern University.



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


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