Samantha Guajardo

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Samantha “Sam” Guajardo received her MA from the University of Texas at Rio Grande Valley in Communication and has entered her 2nd year as a PhD student in Communication from the University of Memphis, with a concentration in Rhetoric and Media Studies. Guajardo’s research agenda centers on the rhetoric of immigration reform, border security, and Latino identity. Guajardo’s aims as a researcher are to give voice to Latinos’ rhetorical struggles with identity and autonomy as they continue to face a hegemonic system that strips them of their cultural heritage. As a scholar, Guajardo draws from rhetorical theory, prophetic and protest rhetoric, and critical regionalism.

Guajardo has also been a consultant for over 3 years at various writing and communication centers and is an instructor for COMM 2381: Oral Communication. Guajardo’s teaching philosophy includes creating a safe, collaborative, and inclusive environment for her students and consultants. In her spare time, Guajardo can be seen studying, conducting research, and traveling with her friends and family.


Ph.D. in Communication (forthcoming) - The University of Memphis, Memphis, TN

M.A. in Communication and certified in Training and Consulting - The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, Edinburg, TX

B.A. in Communication Studies and a minor in English - St. Mary’s University, San Antonio, TX

A.A. in English - South Texas College, McAllen, TX