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Monica Reyes

Research Interests: 

Cultural rhetorics; rhetorical ecologies; Chicana feminisms; critical refugee studies; transnational feminist rhetorical literacies; and community-based participatory action research. Her work has been featured in various peer-reviewed journals and books, most recently in Enculturation: A Journal of Rhetoric, Writing & Culture (2020) and Postcolonial Text (2019). 

Courses Taught: 

  • Argumentative Writing
  • Topics Alternative Rhetorics (Feminist Rhetoric)​
  • ​Multicultural Rhetorics
  • Argumentative Writing

Recent Publications:

Book Chapter


  • ​​Reyes, M., Bernal, C., Camarillo, J., & Monty, R. (2021). Enacting Invitational Rhetorics: Leveraging Networks of Care inthe U.S. Asylum Process. In Grassroots Activisms: Public Rhetorics in Localized Contexts.​
  • Forthcoming"(Corpo)real Stories: Bodies and Alternative Rhetoric in the U.S. Asylum System”  Feminist Encounters: A Journal of Critical Studies in Culture and Politics.
  • Professor Monica Reyes is working with La Posada Providencia, an emergency shelter in San Benito, Texas, to publish a piece titled "Enacting Invitational Rhetorics: Leveraging Networks of Care in the U.S. Asylum Process." She is anticipating publication in Grassroots Activisms in 2021. ​

  • In 2020, Professor Reyes published the article “Accounts of Asylum: A Call Toward Transnational Literacies of Displacement​" in the journal, Enculturation: A Journal of Rhetoric, Writing & Culture
  • In 2019, Professor Reyes published two essays: the first was “Sins of Omission: 'Unpacking' the Rhetoric of Sexuality within Nineteenth-Century American Mothers' Travel-Diaries" in the anthology, Travellin' Mama: Mothers, Mothering and Travel from Demeter Press; and the other was "Rape & Survival within Counter-geographies: (Dis)Pleasure in Disrupting Globalized Universals" in the international journal, Postcolonial Text.
  • In Watchung Review: The Journal of the New Jersey College English Association's 2017 special issue on “Migration and Identity, Professor Reyes published her article, “The Un-Hero and the American West: Re-examining the Male/ Female Binary of Nineteenth Century Travel Diaries.
  • In the same year, Professor Reyes co-authored a piece with her brother Andy Najera while he was a graduate History student; the article, “Putting the Pieces Together: The Rhetoric of Oral Tradition in Early 20th Century Rio Grande Valley" was published in the anthology Supplemental Studies in Rio Grande Valley History.