Damián P. Baca

Associate Professor

Damián Baca (PhD, Syracuse University) is author of Mestiz@ Scripts, Digital Migrations, and the Territories of Writing (Palgrave Macmillan), lead editor of Rhetorics of the Americas: 3114BCE to 2012CE (Palgrave Macmillan), co-editor of Landmark Essays: Rhetorics of Difference (Routledge), and co-editor of Rhetorics Elsewhere and Otherwise: Contested Modernities, Decolonial Visions (NCTE, Studies in Writing & Rhetoric). He works at the intersection of rhetoric, comparative technologies of writing in Mesoamerica/later America, and globalization. Generally, he looks to cultures across Latin America, the Caribbean, and U.S. Latinidad as a lens through which to complicate and inform two correlative domains of inquiry:

  • The disciplinary formation of the study of alphabetic writing as it emerges during a crucial period of Western territorial annexation, and
  • The imperial complicity between "racialized" subjectivities and economy, from the development of the transatlantic commercial circuit in the sixteenth century to the present stages of late global capitalism.

Baca is especially interested in the rhetorical potential of decolonial invention - an invitation to theorize with, against, and beyond inherited patterns of thinking that emerged in Western Europe under capitalism. In place of merely challenging the Western Rhetorical tradition from a so-called "alternative" cultural locus, his work examines how and why the current study of Rhetoric and Composition becomes an unquestioned alternative to the immense global plurality of communicative forms and knowledges that remain obscured. He perceives these inquiries as having substantial implications for the politics and ethics of research, teaching, and curricular reform.

Scholarly Books and Monographs

Baca, Damián and Romeo García, eds. Rhetorics Elsewhere and Otherwise: Contested Modernities, Decolonial Visions. Urbana, IL: CCCC Studies in Writing and Rhetoric, 2019. (225 pgs) (50%)

Baca, Damián, Ellen Cushman, Jonathan Osborne, eds. Landmark Essays on Rhetorics of Difference. New York: Routledge, 2018. (289 pgs)

Baca, Damián and Victor Villanueva, eds. Rhetorics of the Americas: 3114 BCE to 2012 CE (Studies of the Americas Series). New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010. (270 pgs) (95%)

  • Review: Studies in American Indian Literatures 22.4 (2010): 85-88.
  • Review: College Composition and Communication 63.1 (2011): 145-161.
  • Review: Quarterly Journal of Speech 98.3 (2012): 320-336.

Baca, Damián. Mestiz@ Scripts, Digital Migrations, and the Territories of Writing (New Concepts in Latino American Cultures Series). New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008. (210 pgs)

  • Review: Studies in American Indian Literatures 23.2 (2011): 96-100.
  • Review: College Composition and Communication 63.1 (2011): 145-161.
  • Review: Quarterly Journal of Speech 98.3 (2012): 320-336.
  • Review: Ethnic and Third World Literatures Review of Books 12 (2012). 28 August 2013