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Michelle A. Holling Ph.D. (2007)
Full Professor of Communication
Department Chair, 2016-2019
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.
Her scholarly interests include advancing Chican@ vernacular rhetoric, analyses of counter-hegemonic efforts and oppositional politics, and examining the academy as a site of inquiry to explore issues of identity and agency.
Dr. Holling was a recipient of the Latina/o Scholar of the Year by the Latina/o Communication Studies Division and La Raza Caucus of the National Communication Association in 2009. Her scholarship on Chicano masculinity earned her the B. Aubrey Fisher Outstanding Journal Article by the Western States Communication Association in 2007.
She serves as President-Elect of the Western States Communication Association (2016-2017), previously served as First Vice-President (2015-2016) and Second Vice President (2010-2011) of the same association, and as President of the Organization for Research on Women and Communication (2007-2010).
- COMM 200, Argumentation & Dialogue (revised and renamed course)
- COMM 401, Rhetorical Theory (developed course)
- COMM 402, Approaches to Rhetorical Criticism (conceived & developed course)
- COMM 405, Feminist Rhetorics (conceived & developed course)
- COMM 435, Communication & Gender
- COMM 485, Chican@s-Latin@s in Film & TV (conceived & developed course)
Moon, D. G. & Holling, M. A. (2016). Race(ing) Intercultural Communication: Racial Logics in a Colorblind Era. Routledge: NY
Holling, M. A. & Calafell, B. M. (Eds.). (2011). Latina/o Discourse in Vernacular Spaces: Somos de Una Voz? [Are We of One Voice?]. Lexington Press, division of Rowman & Littlefield: Lanham, MD
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/
Holling, M. A. (2008). Retrospective on Latin@ Rhetorical and Performance Scholarship: From “Chicano Communication” to “Latina/o Communication?” The Communication Review, 11, 293-322. [Lead article]
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. [Lead article; Awarded B. Aubrey Fisher Outstanding Journal Article, 2007]
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., 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 (pp. 250-265). Utah State University Press.
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 (pp. 65-85). University of Alabama Press.
Calafell, B. M. & Holling, M. A. (2011). Introduction. In M. A. Holling & B. M. Calafell (Eds.), Latina/o Discourse in Vernacular Spaces: Somos de una Voz? (pp. xv-xxv). Lanham, MD: Lexington Press.
Holling, M. A. & Calafell, B. M. (2011). Tracing the Emergence of Latina/o Vernaculars in Studies of Latin@ Communication. In M. A. Holling & B. M. Calafell (Eds.), Latina/o Discourse in Vernacular Spaces: Somos de una Voz (pp. 17-29). Lanham, MD: Lexington Press.
Holling, M. A. (2011). Patrolling National Identity, Masking White supremacy: The Minuteman Project. In M. G. Lacy & K. A. Ono (Eds.), Critical Rhetorics of Race (pp. 98-116). New York: New York University Press.
Holling, M. A. (2006). The Critical Consciousness of Chicana & Latina Students: Negotiating Identity Amidst Socio-Cultural Beliefs and Ideology. In D. Delgado Bernal, C. A. Elenes, F. E. Godinez, & S. Villenas (Eds.), Chicana/Latina Education in Everyday Life: Feminista Perspectives on Pedagogy and Epistemology (pp. 81-94). New York: SUNY Press.
Flores, L. A. & Holling, M. A. (1999). Las Familias y Las Latinas: Mediated Representations of Gender Roles. In M. J. Meyers (Ed.), Mediated Women: Representations in Popular Culture (pp. 339-354), New Jersey: Hampton Press.