Michelle Hall Kells
Michelle Hall Kells is Associate Professor in the Department of English at the University of New Mexico where she teaches graduate and undergraduate classes in 20th Century Civil Rights Rhetoric, Contemporary and Classical Rhetoric, Writing and Cultural Studies, and Discourse Studies. She serves as Special Assistant to the Dean of the College of Arts and Science and Program Chair of the Writing Across Communities (WAC) initiative at UNM. Kells received the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library Research Fellowship in 2008. She is a Senior Fellow at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center for Health Policy at UNM. Kells’ research interests include civil rights rhetorics, sociolinguistics, and composition/literacy studies. Kells is coeditor of Attending to the Margins: Writing, Researching, and Teaching on the Front Lines (Heinemann, 1999) and Latino/a Discourses: On Language, Identity, and Literacy Education (Heinemann, 2004) Her work is featured in the journals JAC, Written Communication, Reflections, and Rhetoric & Public Affairs as well as a number of edited books including Cross-Language Relations in Composition, Dialects; Englishes, Creoles, and Education;Who Belongs in America?: Presidents, Rhetoric, and Immigration. Kells is author of Hector P. Garcia: Everyday Rhetoric and Mexican American Civil Rights (Southern Illinois University Press, 2006). Her current book project is Vicente Ximenes and LBJ’s “Great Society”: The Rhetoric of Mexican American Civil Rights Reform.