Dr. Michelle A. Holling

Dr. Michelle A. Holling, a national scholar on Hispanic communication and gender studies will give a public talk at UAH on Thursday, Sept. 20.

Photo courtesy: Western States Communication Association

Michelle A. Holling, an award-winning scholar on Chicana/o and Latina/o communication and gender-feminist studies, will visit the campus of The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) on Thursday, Sept. 20.

Holling is professor and chair of the Department of Communications at California State University San Marcos (CSUSM). Her talk "Perpetuating Violence from Acts of Rhetorical Violence," will be presented at 2:30 p.m., in the UAH M. Louis Salmon Library room 111. The event is free and open to the public. Holling’s UAH Distinguished Guest Lecture presentation is co-sponsored by the Department of Communications, College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences and the Office of the Provost.

An award-winning scholar, Holling joined the CSUSM Department of Communication in 2007. Her teaching interests are rhetorical studies (theory, criticism and argumentation), Chicana/o-Latina/o studies, and gender-feminist studies.

She received the Cordova-Puchot Scholar of the Year Award from the Latina/o Communication Studies Division and La Raza Caucus of The National Communication Association. Her research on Chicano masculinity earned her the B. Aubrey Fisher Outstanding Journal Article by the Western States Communication Association.

Holling serves as immediate past president and served as the president of the Western States Communication Association (2017-2018), president-elect (2016-2017), first vice-president (2015-2016) and second vice president (2010-2011) of the same organization. She was also president of the Organization for Research on Women and Communication (2007-2010).

She is the author of numerous journal articles including "Retrospective on Latin@ Rhetorical-Performance Scholarship: From Chicano Communication to Latina/o Communication?" "Seeking Inclusion and Civil Rights Through the Creation of a Civic Identity and Everyday Rhetoric," The Communication Review, "You Intimidate Me" as a Micro-aggressive Controlling Image to Discipline Womyn of Color Faculty, Southern Communication Journal, and "Racist Violations and Racializing Apologia in a Post-Racism Era," Journal of International & Intercultural Communication. In addition, Holling’s books include Race(ing) Intercultural Communication: Racial Logics in a Colorblind Era. Routledge: NY, and Latina/o Discourse in Vernacular Spaces: Somos de Una Voz? [Are We of One Voice?]. Lexington Press.

Holling earned an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Communication from Arizona State University, and an M.A. and B.A. in Communication from San Francisco State University.


Dr. Eletra Gilchrist-Petty
Associate Professor, UAH Department of Communication Arts