I am a PhD student in the Department of Communication at the University of Utah. I have a BA in English and American Literature and an MA in Rhetoric and Writing Studies from the University of Texas at El Paso.
I am from a small town named Cuauhtémoc, Chihuahua, México. I moved to the United States in 1996 and have lived most of my life in the shadows of terms like “undocumented immigrant” and “illegal alien.” I study discourses of death and violence in contemporary México. I am interested in rhetorics of modernity including free trade, human migrations, transnationalism, indigeneity, and colonialism.
I am fluent in Spanish and English. I also studied German in high school and in college. Recently, I have been studying Náhuatl. I am a member of the Náhuatl Club and of the Club Avanzado de Español at the University of Utah. Currently I serve as Treasurer for the University of Utah Rhetoric Society of America Student Chapter.
My partner in crime, Natalie Scenters-Zapico, is a poet from the sister cities of Juárez-El Paso.
For more information check out my faculty profile, contact me at xangelmaldonado at gmail dot com, or follow me @xangelmaldo