Samantha Guajardo

PhD Student

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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 areas are 1.) Latinx rhetoric, 2.) critical regionalism, and 3.) the rhetoric of social movements. Guajardo centers her research around agricultural, immigration, and educational reform, and she employs rhetorical strategies rooted in liberation, civic engagement, and civic awareness. 
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 engaging in coalition pedagogy, which resists the "banking model," and promotes an education rooted in social change and activism.


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