Dr. Flores is interested in the investigation of hegemony and dominance, particularly as linked to cultural negotiations of race, gender, sexuality, nation, and citizenship. Current work examines both historic and contemporary discursive negotiations and has particular emphasis on the intersections of race, nation, and whiteness.
rhetorical criticism, critical gender and race studies, whiteness
COMM 3420 - Gender and Communication
Fall 2018 / Spring 2019
Examines gender as a social practice that remains vital to identities, relationships, and institutions in contemporary society. Treats gender as something we do or enact through communication, rather than as something we are or have, and explores the implications of this shift in perspective. Investigates how gender interacts with sexuality, race, class, nation, age, ability, and other aspects of identity.
COMM 3760 - Rhetorical Criticism
Applies key concepts from rhetorical theory to the analysis of specific speeches, written texts, and social situations within the humanistic tradition. Students read a variety of types of criticism and are encouraged to develop their own strategies for critical analysis. Recommended prerequisites: COMM 1210 and COMM 1600 and COMM 3300.
COMM 4950 - Senior Thesis: Honors
Spring 2019 / Spring 2020
For exceptional communication majors who wish to graduate with department honors and receive credit for writing an honors thesis. Recommended prerequisite: COMM 4100 and overall GPA of 3.35 or higher and a COMM or COMN GPA of 3.50 or higher.
COMM 6340 - Rhetoric and Civic Community
Considers performances of public life as rhetorical inducements of civitas. Topics include negotiation of self-regulation among interdependent partners, rhetorical exclusions and/or counterpublics, and dialectical tensions of public/private as these contribute to and have civic consequences for publicness, community, and social will. Recommended prerequisite: COMM 5320.