We at the Department of Gender and Women's Studies stand with UA’s Institute for LGBT Studies to “vehemently oppose the continued attack on transgender rights. We stand in solidarity with our trans* family, friends, colleagues, and community and are committed to support movement toward inclusive education in Arizona, which encompasses trans* peoples’ right to participate in sports and athletic teams.”

Adela C. Licona Ph.D.

About Adela C. Licona Ph.D.

Affiliations / Service

National Women's Studies Association
National Women's Studies Association, Elections Chair, 2014-17
National Women's Studies Association, Co-Chair, 2015 and 2016
National Communication Association
Rhetoric Society of America
Rhetoric Society of America, Equity and Diversity
Advisory Board, QED: A Journal in GLBTQ Worldmaking, 2014 to present
Board Member, Orion Magazine, 2013 to present.
Editorial Board Member, Women’s Studies in Communication, WSIC, 2013 to present.
Collective Editorial Board Member, TRIVIA: Voices of Feminism – online literary journal of prose, poetry, fiction, and visual art, 2012 to present.
Feminist Formations (formerly NWSA) Journal Board President, 2009 – 2011.
Future of Minority Studies
Faculty Advisory Board with Institute for LGBT Studies
Affiliated Faculty with Mexican American Studies, Gender and Women’s Studies, Family Studies, and Institute for the Environment



Books – single authored

2012       Licona, A.C., Zines In Third Space: Radical Cooperation and Borderlands Rhetoric. SUNY Press.


Books – co-edited collection

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

Selected Articles

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

Fields, A., Snapp, S., Russell, S.T., Licona, A.C., Tilley, E.H., & The Crossroads Collaborative. “Youth voices and knowledges: Slam poetry speaks to social policies.” Sexuality Research and Social Policy, M. Padilla (Ed)., 11, 310-321. doi: 10.1007/s13178-014-0154-9

2013       Licona, A.C., & Russell, S. T., “Transdisciplinary & community literacies: Shifting discourses & practices through new paradigms of public scholarship & action-oriented research,” in Special Issue Community Literacy Journal 8.1.

              Licona, A.C. and Gonzales, S.J. “Education. Connection. Action., ECA: Reporting on ECA as a Frame for Community Arts-Based Inquiry, Action-Oriented Teaching and Research, and Multi-Perspectival Knowledges,” Community           Literacy Journal, Adela C. Licona and Stephen T. Russell, (Eds.), 8.1.


2011       Gutíerrez, L., Joseph, M., Licona, A.C., and Soto, S. K., “Nativism, Normativity, and Neoliberalism in Arizona: Challenges Inside and Outside the Classroom,” With Christina Handhardt, Transformations, special issue on Teaching Sex, edited by Hiram Perez.


2007       Licona, A.C..  “Borderlands Peregrinations.” Nóesis: Revista de Ciencias Sociales y Humanidades.


                Maldonado, M.M., & Licona, A.C.   “Re-thinking Integration as Reciprocal Process: Implications for Research and Practice.”  Journal of Latino-Latin American Studies 2 (4): 128-143.


2005       Licona, A. C.  “(B)orderlands’ Rhetorics and Representations: The Transformative Potential of Third-Space Feminist Scholarship and Zines.” National Women’s Studies Association Journal 17(2).


                Carrillo-Rowe, A., & Licona, A.C. (Eds.), Special Issue: “Moving Locations: The Politics of Identity in Motion.” National Women’s Studies Association Journal 17(2).


                Licona, A.C. & Carrillo-Rowe, A., (Eds.), Special Issue: “After Words: Feminist      Praxis as a Bridge Between Theory and Practice.”  National Women’s Studies Association Journal 17(2).


Book Chapters

2014       Licona, A.C., & Martin, L., (accepted). “We will be the ones who will make change” in The Pleasures of Identity: Living Queer edited by Jaqueline Rhodes and Ellen Gil-Gomez (under review 2014).


2007       Herndl, C., & Licona, A. C.  “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.


In Press or Accepted for Publication

2015       Licona, A.C., & Chávez, K. (forthcoming). "Relational Literacies and their Coalitional Possibilities," Peitho: The Journal of the Coalition of Women Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition.


Fields, A., Martin, L., Licona, A.C., & the Crossroads Collaborative. (forthcoming). “Performing Urgency: Slamming & Spitting as Critical and Creative Response to State Crisis.”   Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy.


Snapp, S., & Licona, A.C.,  (forthcoming) “The Pipeline Population: Interrogating the Patterns and Practices of Its Production.” SRCD Chapter on STPP literatures submitted to edited collection, Stacey Horn and Stephen T. Russell, Eds., Oxford UP.


In Progress or Submitted for Publication

2015       Licona, Adela C. and Martin, Londie T., (under review) “Remixed Literacies and Radical Openness: Exploring the Concept of Responsivity at Play in a Youth-Directed Media Project.” Responsive Practices, Sheridan, Mary P., Bardolph, Megan, Hartline, Megan Faver, and Drew Holladay, Eds.


Maldonado, Marta, Licona, Adela C. and Sarah Hendricks (under review). “Latin@ Mobilities and Immobilities in the US Heartland: Localized Instantiations of Global Mobility and Deportability Regimes.” Special Issue on the Geographies of Mobility. Annals of the Association of American Geographers. Mei-Po Kwan and Tim Schwanen, Eds.


Brouwer, Daniel and Licona, Adela C. (abstract accepted, work in progress).

“Trans(affective)mediation: Feeling Our Way from Paper to Digitized Zines.” Special Issue on Queer Technologies. Critical Studies in Media Communication. Katherine Sender and Adrienne Shaw, Eds.


Licona, A. C., & Russell, S. T., (work in progress). “ Teachers-Researcher in Engaged Transdisciplinary Public Scholarship: The Mixed and Messy Practices of Critical and Creative Inquiry.”


Licona, A.C., (work in progress) “Beheadings and Bewitchings: Critical and Creative Interventions in the Production of the Arizona Crisis.”


Research Briefs

2014       Burdge, H., Hyemingway, Z. T., Licona, A. C., & the Crossroads Collaborative “Gender NonConforming Youth: Gender Disparities, School Push Out, and the School-to-Prison Pipeline.” GSA Network.


                Burdge, H., Licona, A. C., Hyemingway, Z.T., & the Crossroads Collaborative Research brief: LGBTQ Youth of Color: Gender Disparities, School Push Out, and the School-to-Prison Pipeline. GSA Network.


2012       Martin, L. T. & Licona, A.C., with the Crossroads Collaborative. “Youth and legislation: Changing conversations through action research.” Crossroads Connections, 1(2), 1-4. Tucson, AZ: The University of Arizona.


                Watson, R. J., Snapp, S., Russell, S.T., Licona, A.C. “Bullying in Tucson Public Schools: Rates, Reasons, Prevention Programs, and Recommendations” Crossroads Connections. 1(1), 1-4. Tucson, AZ: The University of Arizona.


Study Guides

2015       Coan, C., Stauber, L.S. & Licona, A.C. & the Crossroads Collaborative. Study Guide to accompany, “Let’s Talk about Sex Ed” (Kore Press/ Crossroads Collaborative 2013 film). Crossroads Collaborative.


Coan, C., Stauber, L.S. & Licona, A.C. & the Crossroads Collaborative. (in progress) Study guide to accompany, “Roads to Here and Now” (Kore Press/ Crossroads Collaborative 2013 film). Crossroads Collaborative.


                Stauber, L.S., Coan, C. & Licona, A.C. & the Crossroads Collaborative. (in progress) Study guide to accompany, “How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love” (Kore Press/ Crossroads Collaborative 2011 film). Crossroads Collaborative.


2013       Licona, A. C., “Environmental Histories, Knowledges, Literacies, and Actions: Investigating the Intersections of Language, Place, Race, Poetics, and Practices,” Online Study Guide and Critical Application of Selected Essays for Alison H. Deming and Lauret E. Savoy, (Eds.), The Color of Nature: Culture, Identity, and the Natural World. Minneapolis, Minnesota: Milkweed Press.



2015       Licona, A.C., & Chávez, K. (forthcoming). "A Swarm of Vitalities / A Swarm of Affinities (experimental video)," Peitho: The Journal of the Coalition of Women Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition.


2012       Magrane, Eric with photos by Adela C. Licona. “Of Border Walls and Lighthouses.” Versal Journal: In, At, or To This Place or Position. <http://versaljournal.blogspot.com/2012/09/contributor-notes-eric-magrane...


                Burk, Wendy, and Adela C. Licona.  “Homenaje ~ An Homage to Cecilia Vicuña’s Saborami.” Poetry Center Online Features. The University of Arizona Poetry Center, Critical prose and film of ephemeral installation. MP4/Web.


2011       Crossroads Collaborative (Russell, S. T., & Licona, A. C., PIs), with Londie Martin,                Sarah Gonzalez and the Tucson YWCA Nuestra Voz Racial Justice Summer Camp                Youth Participants. Three youth-produced media works, produced and screened: University of Cape Town, Action Research Seminar, South Africa (2011, September); Ford Foundation Sexuality Research Initiative Convening, San Francisco, CA (2012, January):

Let’s Talk About Sex Ed

No More Ignorant Love

The School-to-Prison Pipeline


                Crossroads Collaborative (Russell, S. T., & Licona, A. C., PIs), with Jamie Lee and Kore Press, Grrls Literary Activism. (2011, November).  How I stopped Worrying and Learned to Love. Youth-produced film produced and screened for opening of Miss Representation at Loft Cinema, Tucson, AZ


2008       Lee, Jamie A. and Licona, A.C. Women's Intercultural Center community outreach/fundraising video produced in collaboration with and for the women of the Center in Anthony, NM


                Licona, A.C. and Lee, Jamie A. “Circles of White,” Poetry-in-Motion/Text in Visual Context video written and produced as part of the Invisible City Project in Tucson, AZ


                Dernier, Ann, Lee, Jamie A., and Licona, A.C. “On The Plaza Between ~ for Joseph,” Poetry-in-Motion/Text in Visual Context video produced as part of the Invisible City Project in Tucson, AZ


2007       Licona, A.C. “Experiencing Tucson & Día de los Muertos through Michael Keith’s ‘Racialization and the Public Spaces of the Multicultural City’” Text in Visual Context video produced as part of a graduate seminar on Racialized Rhetorics, Tucson, AZ


Photo Essay / Performance / Photographic Exhibit / Show

2015       Licona, A.C., and Johnson, F. (In Progress) . Two Mothers / Dos Madres 3-Part Photo Narrative. The Rock. The Lizard. The Mother. The Sun. (2014).

                Absent Presence. (2013)


2014       Licona, Adela C., and Hayward, Eva S., “Trans~Waters~ Coalitional Thinking on Art + Environment: A Photo Essay in Two Parts.” Proximities and Terrain.org


2014       Licona, Adela C., Cover Image, for Stephen T. Berg’s There are No Small Moments. Edmonton: The Rasp and the Wine.


2013       Licona, A. C., Invited Participant (2013). Borders, Seams, Thresholds. Academic/Community Pecha Kucha, “El Altar del Dia de los Muertas as Border,             Seam, and Threshold: Exploring the Spaces, Relations, and Practices of Nepantla,” Tucson, Arizona.


2008       Licona, A.C., Participant/Performer/Photographer/Cinematographer. Invisible City Project, (ICP), Sponsored by Koré Press and New ARTiculations  Dance Company, Tucson, AZ. http://invisiblecityproject.wordpress.com. Using text, movement, visual art, film, photography, and sound, ICP participants worked collectively to respond to, interpret, and posit new “human architectures” for city/community spaces http://www.invisiblecityproject.wordpress.com


Other Publications

2015       Licona, Adela C., and Chávez, Karma. “Queer and Now.” Queer and Now Special Issue of The Writing Instructor (forthcoming).


2011       Licona, A.C. Interview. In J. Brager and J. Sailor, (Eds.), Archiving the Underground (#1).


2010       Licona, A.C. “On the Unconstitutionality and Injustice of SB1070” Persephone    Speaks: A Kore Press Forum for Women in Art, Culture, and Letters         <http://www.sexingthepolitical.com>.


                Ropers-Huilman, R., & Licona, A. C. “Welcome to Feminist Formations,” Feminist Formations, 22 (1).


                Enriquez, J., & Licona, A. C. (2008). “Recognizing Bias in a Time of Racism without Racists,” 110 Degrees, Arizona Daily Star.


2007       Licona, A. C. “La Migra.” Reprinted in Café Revolución Productions.


                Licona, A. C.  “Borderlands’ Lullaby: The Song of the Entremundista.” TRIVIA: VOICES OF FEMINISM, Resurrection Issue.


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Adela C. Licona Ph.D.
Associate Professor, English
Telephone: 520-626-0777
Office: Modern Languages 460