Darrel Wanzer-Serrano

Communication Studies and Latina/o Studies
University of Iowa

Darrel Wanzer-Serrano is an associate 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 Latina/o/x 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. Darrel is also the editor of The Young Lords: A Reader (NYU Press, 2011), and author of numerous journal articles that have appeared in the Quarterly Journal of Speech, Rhetoric & Public Affairs, and elsewhere. He is currently researching his next book project, Possession: Crafting Americanity in Congressional Debates over Puerto Rico’s Status, 1898-1917, which focuses on the ways debates over Puerto Rico’s colonial status shaped an ideology and rhetoric of Americanity in the early 20th century.