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Antonio Tomas De La Garza holds a Ph.D in Communication from the University of Utah.
He also earned a M.A. in Communication, Graduate Certificate in Ethnic Studies and
a B.A. in Political Science from Northern Arizona University. Dr. De La Garza has
worked for both the Communication and Ethnic Studies departments. The courses he’s
taught include: Argumentation, Rhetorical Criticism, the Asian American and Pacific
Islander experiences, and Gender and Communication.
Dr. De La Garza’s research interests include immigration rhetoric, ethnography, and Critical Race Theory. He’s published on a wide variety of topics including Racial Battle Fatigue, Immigrant Adaptation, and the Borderlands. His dissertation work combined ethnographic fieldwork with life history interviews of undocumented immigrants in order to understand how the undocumented deploy rhetoric to challenge and survive racist nativism. He’s presented his research at numerous regional and national conferences across the United States including the Rhetorical Society of America Conference, The National Association for Ethnic Studies Conference, and the National Communication Association Conference.
Outside of the university, Dr. De La Garza is a committed activist whose work with social justice organization includes organization such as Cop Watch and No Mas Muertes. He’s very proud of developing and implementing a program for “at risk” middle school students of color to study and write poetry with undergraduate peer mentors.
De La Garza, A.T. and Ono, K. (2015) “Retheorizing Adaptation: Differential Adaptation and Critical
Intercultural Communication” Journal of International and Intercultural Communication.
De La Garza, A.T., DeChaine. D.R., Ono, K. (2015) “A Border Lands Topography: The State and Future of Rhetorical Border Studies” in Rhetoric Across Borders, Anne Demo Ed.
De La Garza, A.T. (2015) “Somos Joaquin: Mindful Racial Realism as an Intervention Against Racial Battle Fatigue” in Racial Battle Fatigue: Insights from the Front Lines of Social Justice Advocacy.