Dr. Rubén Casas
Dr. Rubén Casas is an Assistant Professor of English. He earned a Ph.D. in English with an emphasis in Rhetoric and Composition at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Dr. Casas researches in/visibility and rhetoric among marginalized people, as well as deliberation, civic participation, and writing in everyday life and contexts. His dissertation, "In/visibility, mobility, and making do in contemporary Latina/o migrant rhetorics," explores the ways Latina/o migrants, many of whom are undocumented, are able to make a way and place for themselves in the U.S. through nuanced negotiations of visibility and invisibility, and how these result in greater mobility in spite of the many obstacles in their way.
Dr. Casas has published a co-authored article in the Quarterly Journal of Speech and he serves on the Conference on College Composition and Communication's committee on the Status of Graduate Students. He also serves as co-adviser of the Sigma Tau Delta International English Honors Society chapter at Fresno State. Dr. Casas is currently at work on an article manuscript about the rhetorical checkpoints people lacking in legal status have to navigate at institutions of higher ed, and how these negotiations show that there are rhetorical affordances to remaining unseen and unnoticed at certain times.
Dr. Casas teaches in the Rhetoric & Writing Studies Program, and he works closely with graduate teaching associates in their teaching and in their development as teachers of writing. He joined the English Department in the fall of 2016.