Darrel Wanzer-Serrano

University of Iowa
Communication Studies

Darrel Wanzer-Serrano is an assistant professor of Rhetoric and Public Advocacy in the Department of Communication Studies, and a founding member of the Latina/Latino Studies Minor Advisory Board. Focused on communication and culture, he studies the ways in which colonialism continues to structure social relations—particularly with regard to Latinx contexts, and issues of race and ethnicity—even after specific colonial administrations have crumbled. He also studies the ways in which peoples strive to decolonize their minds, bodies, and places as a response to colonialism and extended coloniality. These broad interests in coloniality/decoloniality introduce concerns about the intersectionality of oppression along raced, gendered, classed, and other axes. He recently published a book called The New York Young Lords and the Struggle for Liberation (Temple University Press, 2015), which treats the radical Young Lords group (1969–1976) as a touchstone of decolonial rhetoric and politics. He is currently researching his next book project, Possession: Crafting Americanity in Congressional Debates over Puerto Rico’s Status, which focuses on the ways debates over Puerto Rico’s colonial status shaped an ideology and rhetoric of Americanity in the early 20th century. 

Participates in: Op Ed Project workshop