Michelle A. Holling Ph.D. (2007)
Professor of Communication
Department Chair, 2015/2016

Email: mholling@csusm.edu
Phone: (760) 750-8576
Office:  SBSB 2136

Dr. Holling earned an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Communication from Arizona State University and her M.A. and B.A. in Communication from San Francisco State University.  She joined the department of Communication at CSUSM in 2007. Her teaching interests are rhetorical studies (theory, criticism and argumentation), Chicana/o-Latina/o studies, and gender-feminist studies. A motivating force in her scholarship concerns theorizing Chicana/os’, and more broadly Latina/os’, vernacular rhetoric and representations for the ways it constructs notions of identity, subjectivity, and community and operates ideologically to affirm, counter-act, subvert or advance alternate understandings of Chicana/os.  She served as Second Vice President of the Western States Communication Association, and President of the Organization for Research on Women and Communication.


Holling, M. A., & Moon, D. G.  (2015). Continuing A Politic of Disruption: Race(ing) Intercultural Communication. Journal of International and Intercultural Communication, 8(2), 81-85. doi: 10.1080/17513057.2015.1025326. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17513057.2015.1025326 .

Moon, D. G., & Holling, M. A. (2015). A Politic of Disruption: Race(ing) Intercultural Communication. Journal of International and Intercultural Communication, 8(1): 1-6.  DOI: 10.1080/17513057.2015.991073.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17513057.2015.991073

Holling, M. A. (2014). “So My Name is Alma. I Am the Sister of . . .”: A Feminicide Testimonio of Violence and Violent Identifications.” Women’s Studies in Communication, 37(3), 313-338. DOI: 10.1080/07491409.2014.944733   http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/07491409.2014.944733  [4.8% journal acceptance rate].


Holling, M.A., Moon, D. G., & Jackson Nevis, A. (2014). Racist Violations and Racializing Apologia in a Post-Racism Era. Journal of International & Intercultural Communication, ? (?), 1-27. DOI: 10.1080/17513057.2014.964144   http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17513057.2014.964144  [Lead article; 6% journal acceptance rate].


Holling, M. A., Fu, M., & Bubar, R. (2012). Dis/jointed appointments: Solidarity amidst inequity, tokenism and marginalization. In G. Gutiérrez y Muhs, Y. Flores Niemann, C. G. González, and A. Harris (Eds.), Presumed Incompetent:  The Intersections of Race and Class For Women in Academia. Utah State University Press, pp. 250-265.

Holling, M. A. (2012). A Dispensational Rhetoric in "The Mexican Question in the Southwest.”  In D. Robert DeChaine (Ed.) Border Rhetorics: Charting Enactments of Citizenship and Identity on the U.S.-Mexico Frontier.  University of Alabama Press, pp. 65-85.

Holling, M. A. & Calafell, B. M. (Eds.).  (2011).  Latina/o Discourse in Vernacular Spaces: Somos de una Voz?  Lanham, MD: Lexington Press.

Calafell, B. M. & Holling, M. A. (2011).  Introduction.  In Latina/o Discourse in Vernacular Spaces: Somos de una Voz?  Lanham, MD: Lexington Press, pp. xv-xxv.

Holling, M. A. & Calafell, B. M. (2011).  Tracing the emergence of Latina/o vernaculars in studies of Latin@ communication.  In Latina/o Discourse in Vernacular Spaces: Somos de una Voz?  Lanham, MD: Lexington Press, pp. 17-29.

Holling, M. A. (2011).  Patrolling national identity, masking White supremacy:  The Minuteman Project.  In Critical rhetorics of race (M. G. Lacy & K. A. Ono, Eds.).  New York: New York University Press, pp. 98-116.

Holling, M. A.  (2008).  Retrospective on Latin@ rhetorical and performance scholarship: From “Chicano communication” to “Latina/o communication?”  The Communication Review, 11, 293-322.

Holling, M. A. & Calafell, B. M.  (2007).  Identities on stage and staging identities:  ChicanoBrujo performances as emancipatory practices.  Text & Performance Quarterly, 27, 58-83.

Holling, M. A.  (2006).  El Simpático boxer:  Underpinning Chicano masculinity with a rhetoric of familia in Resurrection Blvd.  Western Journal of Communication, 70 (#2), 91-114.

Holling, M. A.  (2006).  Forming oppositional social concord to proposition 187 and squelching social discord in the vernacular space of CHICLE.  Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies Journal, 3 (#3), 202-222. 

Holling, M. A. & Rodriguez, A.  (2006).  Negotiating our way through the gates of academe.  Journal of Latinos and Education, 5 (#1), 49-64.

Holling, M. A.  (2006).  The critical consciousness of Chicana & Latina students:  Negotiating identity amidst socio-cultural beliefs and ideology.  In Chicana/Latina education in everyday life:  Feminista perspectives on pedagogy and epistemology (D. Delgado Bernal, C. A. Elenes, F. E. Godinez, & S. Villenas (Eds.)), New York:  SUNY Press, pp. 81-94.

Flores, L. A. & Holling, M. A.  (1999).  Las familias y las Latinas:  Mediated representations of gender roles. In Mediated women:  Representations in popular culture (M. J. Meyers (Ed.)), New Jersey:  Hampton Press, pp. 339-354.