Adela C. Licona

Associate Professor, Department of Enlglish



Adela C. Licona is an associate professor in Rhetoric, Composition, and the Teaching of English at the University of Arizona. She is affiliated faculty in Gender and Women’s Studies, the Institute for LGBT Studies, Family Studies and Human Development, and Mexican American Studies. Her interdisciplinary research and teaching interests include borderlands rhetorics, cultural and gender studies, social justice coalitions, movements, and media, as well as visual culture, community literacies, action research, and public scholarship. She is co-editor of Feminist Pedagogy: Looking Back to Move Forward (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009). Her book, Zines In Third Space: Radical Cooperation and Borderlands Rhetoric, was published from SUNY Press in October 2012. Adela is Co-Director of the Crossroads Collaborative, a research-initiative funded by the Ford Foundation, to bring stories and numbers together through action-oriented research with academics, youth serving organizations, and youth from the community to address youth sexuality, health, and rights (broadly conceived), to develop knowledge, increase understanding, amplify youth voice, and share what is learned with the broader community. She is co-founder of Feminist Action Research in Rhetoric, FARR, a group of feminist scholars engaged in public scholarship and community dialogue. She serves on the board for Kore Press, Spoken Futures / Tucson Youth Poetry Slam, Orion Magazine, TRIVIA: Voices of Feminism, and Women’s Studies in Communication (WSIC).

Related publications:

Licona, A. C., & Maldonado, M.M.  (Forthcoming, 2014) "The Social Production of Latin@ Visibilities and Invisibilities: Geographies of Power in Small Town America," Antipode, 46(2).

Licona, A. C., & Russell, S. T. (In Press, 2013). "Transdisciplinary and Community Literacies: Shifting Discourses and Practices through New Paradigms of Public Scholarship and Action-Oriented Research" Community Literacy Journal, 8(1).
Licona, A. C., & Gonzales, J. S. (In Press, 2013) "Education/Connection/Action: Community Literacies and Shared Knowledges as Creative Productions for Social Justice," Community Literacy Journal, 8(1).

Martin, L. T., & Licona, A.C. with the Crossroads Collaborative (2013). Youth and legislation: Changing conversations through action research. Crossroads Connections, 1(2): 1-4. Tucson, AZ: The University of Arizona.

Licona, A. C. (2012). Zines in third space: Radical cooperation and borderlands rhetoric. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press.

Crabtree, R. D., Sapp, D. A., & Licona, A.C. (eds.). (2009). Feminist Pedagogy: Looking Back to Move Forward. Baltimore, Maryland: The Johns Hopkins University Press.

Licona, Adela C. (2008). “Latina Activists Across Borders: Women’s Grassroots Organizing in Mexico and Texas.” Latino Studies 6(3): 358-360.

Herndl, C., & Licona, A. C. (2007).  “Shifting Agency: Agency, Kairos, and the Possibilities of Social Action.” In M. Zachery & C. Thralls, (Eds.), The Cultural Turn: Perspectives on Communicative Practices in Workplaces and Professions. New York: Baywood Publishing
Maldonado, M., & Licona, A.C., (2007). “Re-thinking Integration as Reciprocal Process: Implications for Research and Practice.”  Journal of Latino-Latin American Studies, Volume 2, Number 4, pp. 128-143