RCTE Affiliate Faculty

Martiza E. Cardenas

  • Assistant Professor, English

Maritza Cardenas is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Arizona. She received her doctorate and masters degree from the University of Michigan in the program of American Culture, and her bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California in Comparative Literature. Her research and teaching interests focus on US Central Americans, US American ethnicities, Latina/o cultural productions, identity and subject formation, and popular culture. A recipient of the Woodrow Wilson Career Enhancement Postdoctoral Fellowship, she has published in journals such as Studies in 20th and 21st Century Literature, and has works forthcoming in the anthologies Race and Contention in Twenty-First Century US Media (Routledge 2016) and US Central American Belongings. Current works in progress include articles on Central American identity politics and Central American material culture.  She is also working on her book manuscript, which highlights the historical, socio-political, and economic processes that have facilitated the construction of a pan-ethnic transnational cultural identity (US Central American) to emerge in the US diaspora.



Adela C. Licona

  • Associate Professor, English
  • Interim Director, UA Institute for LGBT Studies

Adela C. Licona, Associate Professor of English, Director of the University of Arizona's Institute for LGBT Studies, and Vice Chair of the Graduate Minor in Social, Cultural, and Critical Theory is affiliated faculty in Gender and Women’s Studies, Family Studies and Human Development, Institute of the Environment, and Mexican American Studies. Her research and teaching interests include cultural, ethnic, gender, and sexuality studies, race, critical youth studies, non/dominant rhetorics, community literacies, action-oriented research, borderlands studies, space and visual culture, social justice media, environmental justice, and feminist pedagogy.

She has published in such journals as Antipode, Transformations, Journal of Latino-Latin American Studies, Sexuality Research and Social Policy, Annals of the Association of American Geographers, and Critical Studies in Media Communication. Additionally, she has co-published a number of community research briefs with community educator-activists, youth, and graduate students. These policy-relevant briefs have circulated beyond the university across local communities. Adela is co-editor of Feminist Pedagogy: Looking Back to Move Forward (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009) and author of Zines In Third Space: Radical Cooperation and Borderlands Rhetoric (SUNY Press, 2012).

Adela has served as the co-director of the Crossroads Collaborative, a Ford Foundation-funded think-and-act research, writing, and teaching collective designed for action-oriented research on youth, sexuality, health, rights, and justice. Together with graduate students, she is co-founder of Feminist Action Research in Rhetoric, FARR, a group of progressive feminist scholars committed to public scholarship and community dialogue. She is the 2015-16 Co-Chair of the National Women’s Studies Association, NWSA, Conference and is a member of the NWSA Governing Council. She is Editor Emeritus of Feminist Formations, and she serves on the advisory/editorial boards for Women's Studies in Communication, QED: A Journal of GLBTQ Worldmaking, Feminist Formations, and the Tucson Youth Poetry Slam, a project of Spoken Futures.



Ken S. McAllister

  • Professor of Public & Applied Humanities,

Ken S. McAllister specializes in the early history of Western rhetorics, rhetorics of technology, and computer game studies. He has authored or co-authored six books, three edited collections, and dozens of articles and book chapters on media history, theory, and analysis. In his role as Co-Director of the Learning Games Initiative Research Archive—one of the largest publicly accessible collections of computer games and related material in the world—he has also published and lectured widely on the politics and processes of digital artifact archiving and preservation. 

Ken is currently serving as the Associate Dean of Research and Program Innovation in the College of Humanities, is Co-Chair of the Research Computing Governance Council's Data Visualization Committee, and is a founding partner of the UA iSpace, a campus-located maker lab accessible to all students, staff, and faculty interested in exploring immersive VR, augmented reality, 3D modeling and additive manufacturing, motion capture, Arduino and Raspberry Pi development, and other innovative tools for transdisciplinary scholars and teachers.




Judd Ruggill

  • Department Head, Public / Applied Humanities
  • Associate Professor
  • Associate Professor, School of Theatre/Film and Television

Judd Ruggill is an Associate Professor and founding Head of the Department of Public and Applied Humanities. He is also an affiliate faculty member of the Africana Studies Program, the Deparment of English, the School of Information, the School of Theatre, Film & Television, and the Graduate Interdisciplinary Program in Social, Cultural, and Critical Theory. He joined the University of Arizona in 2016 as part of the Computational Media Cluster initiative. From 2008-2016, he was a faculty member in the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Arizona State University and a member of the graduate faculty of the Department of English, the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication, the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, and the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences. He holds a PhD in Comparative Cultural and Literary Studies from the University of Arizona (2005), and co-directs the Learning Games Initiative, a transdisciplinary, inter-institutional research group he co-founded in 1999 to study, teach with, build, and archive computer games.

Dr. Ruggill's research and teaching interests center on mass media history, theory, and business, with a particular emphasis on computer game technologies, play, and cultures. 

His essays have appeared in a variety of journals and anthologies, and his books include Inside the Video Game Industry: Game Developers Talk About the Business of Play (Routledge, 2017), Tempest: Geometries of Play (U. of Michigan, 2015), AZ 100 Indie Film: A State of Arizona Centennial Celebration (Confluencenter/AZMAC, 2012), Gaming Matters: Art, Science, Magic, and the Computer Game Medium (U. of Alabama, 2011), The Computer Culture Reader (CSP, 2009), and Fluency in Play: Computer Game Design for Less Commonly Taught Language Pedagogy (CERCLL, 2008).




Ragini Tharoor Srinivasan

  • Assistant Professor, Department of English
  • Faculty Affiliate, Program in Social, Cultural, and Critical Theory
  • Faculty Affiliate, Institute for LGBT Studies

Ragini Tharoor Srinivasan joins the University of Arizona as an Assistant Professor of English. She holds a B.A. in Literature from Duke University and a Ph.D. in Rhetoric with an emphasis in Women, Gender, and Sexuality from the University of California, Berkeley. Trained as an interdisciplinary cultural theorist, Srinivasan's recent publications include work on South Asian Anglophone literatures and travel writing, museum exhibits, digital archives, anticolonial rhetorics, the institutional history of Postcolonial Studies, and an experiment in cross-generational dialogue. Her current book project is a study of the literary and critical discourses on an emergent, global India in the “Asian” 21st century. 

 Srinivasan has recent or forthcoming essays in journals of Comparative Literature (Comparative Literature Studies; The Comparatist), South Asian Studies (South Asian Review), Media Studies (Studies in South Asian Film and Media), Asian/American Studies (Verge: Studies in Global Asias), Women's Studies (Women and Performance), and Urban Studies (Room One Thousand)--in addition to edited volumes and academic review forums like post45 Contemporaries, Qui Parle, and Public Books. 

She is on the Academic Council of the South Asian American Digital Archive and is an invited contributor to MLA’s Teaching Options series and the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Literature. A former journalist and editor of India Currents magazine, she wrote an award-winning, syndicated personal essay column for 15 years. Her work has been published in over two dozen journalistic venues in the United States, United Kingdom, and South Asia, including NewYorker.com, LA Review of Books, openDemocracy, The Caravan, and Himal Southasian.  

Before coming to UA, Srinivasan taught at UC Berkeley, where she won two teaching awards, and the University of Nevada, Reno, where her first batch of graduate students gave her the delightfully named EGO award (English Graduate Organization award) for best seminar.






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