Curriculum Vitae (CV)

Sanchez CV (PDF)


James Chase Sanchez

(Update December 2017)


Middlebury College


Ph.D. Rhetoric and Composition, TCU, 2017

M.A. English, University of Texas at Tyler, 2011

B.A. English, University of Texas at Tyler, 2009


Assistant Professor of Writing, Middlebury College (2017-)

Graduate Research Assistant, John V. Roach Honors College, TCU (2016-2017)

Graduate Instructor, TCU (2012-2014, 2015-2016)

Radford Research Fellow, TCU (2014-2015)

Graduate Instructor, University of Texas at Tyler (2011-2012)

Writing Center Consultant, Tyler Junior College and University of Texas at Tyler (2010-2012)


Preaching Behind the Fiery Pulpit: Rhetoric, Self-Immolation, and Public Memory investigates the 2014 suicide protest of a white Methodist preacher, Charles Moore, who publicly set himself on fire in Grand Saline, TX to call attention to the town’s history of racism. This project examines the intricate exigencies and arguments surrounding the act, connects the global practices of self-immolation to the local constraints that influenced his motives, and investigates the role of public memory in local interpretations of his death. Combining traditional and cultural rhetorics with auto-ethnography and archival research, this dissertation illustrates a new methodology for inquiry into the role of race in complex acts of individual extremism.



“Looking for the Middle Ground at Middlebury: Local Exigencies, Campus Controversies, and the Composition Classroom.” Pedagogy. Co-authored with Shawna Shapiro. 2019.

“Trump, the KKK, and the Versatility of White Supremacy.” Journal of Contemporary Rhetoric. Forthcoming 2018.

Collaborative Ecologies of Emergent Assessment: Challenges and Benefits Linked to a Writing-based Institutional Partnership.College Composition and Communication 69.2 (2017). Print. Co-authored with Tyler Branson, Sarah Robbins, and Catherine Wehlburg.

“The Role of Composition Programs in De-Normalizing Whiteness in the University: Programmatic Approaches to Racial Pedagogies.” Writing Program Administration 39.2 (2016): 47-52. Print. Co-authored with Tyler Branson.

“Reappropriating Public Memory: Racism, Resistance and Erasure of the Confederate Defenders of Charleston Monument.” Present Tense 5.2 (2015). Web. Co-authored with Kristen R. Moore.

“Postulating a Stereotype: A Rhetorical View of Chinese Immigration in East of Eden.” Steinbeck Review 9.2 (2012): 39-52. Print.

Book Chapters

“Recirculating our Racism: Public Memory and Folklore in East Texas.” Lone Star Rhetoric: Bodies, Place, Poesis. Ed. Casey Boyle and Jenny Rice. In press at Southern Illinois UP.

“Race within the Machine: Ambient Actions and Racial Ideology.” Rhetorical Machines. Ed. John Jones and Lavinia Hirsu. Co-authored with Joshua Daniel-Wariya. Advanced Contract with the University of Alabama Press.


Invited Refereed Publications

“Beyond the Black-White Binary: Erasing/Composing the Brown Self in Rural Spaces.” Nuestra América: Latinx Perspectives on Writing, Rhetorics, and Literacies. Eds. Raul Sanchez and Iris Ruiz. Being Prepared for Southern Illinois UP.

“Trending: Fake News, Public Engagement, and Software Literacy.” Literacy, Democracy, and Fake News. Co-authored with Joshua Daniel-Wariya and Tyler Branson. Being Prepared Parlor Press.

Non-Refereed Publications

“The Rhetoric of Robert Jeffress: An Ontology of Evil.” Patheos. 30 Sept. 2017. Co-Authored with Jeff Hood.

Confederate memorials symbolize racism, and they belong in history museums.” Dallas Morning News. 29 July. 2017. Print.

Invited Non-Refereed Publications

“Academic Assimilation.” University of Texas at Tyler English Department Newsletter. 23 Mar. 2017. PDF.Sanchez CV


Producer and Interviewer, Man on Fire. Dir. Joel Fendelman. 2017.

This documentary film stems from my research on Moore’s self-immolation protest of racism in my hometown of Grand Saline, TX. Our work investigates area histories and folklore through interviews with locals and questions the effectiveness of Moore’s death.

  • Accepted to Slamdance Film Festival in Park City, UT
  • Nominated for David L. Wopper Student Documentary Award, Nominated, 33rd Annual International Documentary Awards (2017)

Book Reviews

Rev. of This Bright Light of Ours by Maria Gitin. Studies in American Culture 38.1 (2015): 119-20. Print.

Rev. of The Ghostly and the Ghosted in Literature and Film: Spectral Identities. Journal of Popular Culture 47.3 (2014). Print.

Works in Progress/Under Review

Race, Rhetoric, and Writing Research Across Media. Co-authored with Iris Ruis, Chris Carter, and Alexandra Locket. Proposal under review.

“Rival Spaces and Narratives: The Blues, Civil Rights, and Rhetorical Design in the Mississippi Delta.” In preparation.


“Embodying Reconciliation: A Critical Race Pedagogy.” Conference on College Composition and Communication. Kansas City, MO. Forthcoming Mar. 2018.

“Sanctuary Campuses: Responding to Trump’s Undocumented Policies with Solidarity and Resistance.” Modern Language Association Conference, New York City, NY. Forthcoming Jan. 2018.

“Beyond the Black-White Binary: Erasing/Composing the Latinx Self in Rural Spaces.” Conference on College Composition and Communication, Portland, OR. March 2017.

“Erasing the Noose: The (Lack of) Public Memory of Mexican Lynchings.” Rhetoric Society of America Conference, Atlanta, GA. May 2016.

“The Racialized Me: Autoethnography as Racial Justice.” College Composition and Communication Conference, Houston, TX. April 2016.

“Writing through Interpretation: Arguing for Constitutionality and Cultural Implications of Recent Supreme Court Cases.” College Composition and Communication Conference, Tampa, FL. March 2015.

“Visualizing Argumentation: Twitter, Counternarratives, and Composition.” Trends in Composition Conference, Dallas, TX. February 2015.

“Hunger Against Memory: Cesar Chavez’s Non-discursive Protest Rhetoric.” National Communication Association Conference, Chicago, IL. November 2014.

“Historical Situations as Rhetorical Hermeneutics: How Mendez v. Westminster and John Steinbeck Perpetuated Desegregation.” Rhetoric Society of America Conference, San Antonio, TX. May 2014.

“Spatial Horrors and Rhetorics: The Conditioned Fear in Haunted House Amusement Parks.” Popular Culture Association Conference, Washington, DC. March 2013.

“Teaching in the Shallows: Reading, Writing, and Teaching in the Digital Age.” Modern Language Association Conference, Boston, MA. January 2013.

“The Child Myth in Alien Fiction.” Pixels, Panels, and Prose. Tyler, TX. April 2012.

“Writing Center Response Form Rhetoric: A Study of Beneficial Approaches.” Academic Peer Educator Conference, College Station, TX. October 2011.


Sophomore Writing: “Trickery, Resistance, and the Body: The Tradition(s) of Rhetoric.” (WRPR 0211, Midd 2018).

The Writing Workshop, “(Anti-)Assimilation Writing Practices.” This class takes a look at arguments of Standard American English for emerging academic writers and uses contemporary arguments to help students understand rhetorical conventions of particular writing genres, practices, and academia (WRPR 0100, Midd 2017).

Sophomore Composition: “Race, Rhetoric, and Protest.”This course investigate the intersections of race, rhetoric, and protest in the public sphere. Students analyze discursive and non-discursive forms of protest, local protest, and engage in their own protest acts away to put rhetorical strategies into action (WRPR 0205, Midd 2017).

Sophomore Composition: Writing as Argument, “The Rhetorics of Race in the 21st Century.” This class underscores the various debates and controversies surrounding racial ideologies in contemporary American culture. Students study critical theories of race and employ the language of racial discourse to analyze news stories, law cases, and public memories (ENGL 20803, TCU: Spring 2016).

Intermediate Composition: Sophomore Seminar, “Writing about Difference.” This course focuses on the various levels of difference within society, such as race, gender, and sexuality. By examining rhetorical and cultural fallacies, students will gain knowledge on how to critique culture through argument. Students write analytic papers on Supreme Court cases, narratives of cultural identity, and blogs on broad areas of contemporary social and political conflict (ENGL 20833, TCU: Spring 2014, Fall 2015).

Sophomore Composition: Writing as Argument. Centered on writing as argument, this class utilizes the language of argument to analyze public debates and to create individual analyses. Learning various rhetorical fallacies and argumentation, students engage in creating arguments across various modes and genres, including websites, films, and traditional essay forms (ENGL 20803, TCU: Fall 2013).

First-Year Composition: Writing as Inquiry. This class examines writing as process, utilizing the classroom as a workshop to invent, write, collaborate, and revise. Focusing on writing in different genres, academic and non-academic, this course situates the student within the rhetorical dimensions of knowledge, analysis, and writing (ENGL 10803, UT-Tyler: Fall 2012, Spring 2013).

College Composition II: Writing about the Disciplines. This course emphasizes writing for different disciplines within the humanities, sciences, engineering, and other fields. Students examine how audiences vary and writing styles changes across academic genres (ENGL 1302, UT-Tyler: Spring 2011, Fall 2011, Spring 2012).

World Literature since the Renaissance. Focusing on South and Central American literature, this survey course combined different genres (short stories, poetry, and drama) and themes to demonstrate the varying literatures from these two regions since the 1800s. Students study historical contexts, authors’ biographies, literary terms, and the texts to create a broad understanding of literature (ENGL 2363, UT-Tyler, Fall 2011, Spring 2012).


Vision Committee, Implementing Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies Program at TCU, elected (2015-2016)

Member, Search Committee for Assistant Professor of English (American Literature), English Department, TCU, elected (2014-2015)

President, Winifred Bryan Horner Rhetoric Society of America chapter, TCU, elected (2014-2015)

Treasurer, Winifred Bryan Horner Rhetoric Society of America chapter, TCU, elected (2013-2014)

Co-Leader, American Culture Interest Group, TCU (2013-2014)

Composition Committee, TCU, elected (2012-2013)

English Department Recruiter, Visitation Day, University of Texas at Tyler (2011)


Reviewer, Peitho: Journal of the Colational of Feminist Scholars in the History of Rhetoric & Composition (2017)

Committee Member, Committee on the Status of Graduate Students, Conference on College Composition and Communication, appointed (2016-2018)

Stage 1 Reviewer, Conference on College Composition and Communication (2017-2018)

Research Assistant to English Department, TCU (Summer 2016)

Reviewer, Cultural Rhetorics Conference, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI (2016)

Co-host, “Latin@s taking Action in and out of the Academy,” Latinx Caucus workshop, Conference on College Composition and Communication (April 2016)

Host, “Talking about Difference in the Classroom,” TCU (October 2015)

Host and Moderator, “Forum on Ferguson,” TCU (September 2014)

Judge, PIP English Conference, Paschal High School, Fort Worth, TX (March 2013, 2014)

UIL Academic Judge for Journalism, Grand Saline High School, Grand Saline, TX (March 2014)

Organizer and Moderator, Rhetorical Conversations II, RSA at TCU (March 2014)

UIL Academic Judge for Spelling, Tyler Junior College (March 2012)

UIL Academic Judge for Ready Writing, Commerce, TX (March 2010)

Research Assistant, NEH grant proposal, Dr. Hui Wu, University of Texas at Tyler (June-August 2010)

Commencement Poem Reader, Fall Graduation, University of Texas at Tyler (December 2009)


David L. Wopper Student Documentary Award, Nominated, 33rd Annual International Documentary Awards (2017)

Three Minute Thesis, 1st Place AddRan College, TCU (2016)

Honorable Mention, Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship (2016)

Tate Prize in Composition Studies, TCU (2016)

The Woman’s Wednesday Club Essay Contest, 1st Place for “Recirculation our Racism” (2016)

The Betsy Colquitt Graduate Poetry Contest, 1st Place for “Ouroboros” (2016)

Scholar for the Dream Award, Conference on College Composition and Composition (2015)

Graduate Student of the Year Award, TCU (2015)

Three Minute Thesis, 1st Place Popular Vote, TCU (2015)

The Kurt Lee Hornbeck Poetry Award, 2nd Place for “Border Theory” (2014)

ASP Westward LP, “Freedom of Information” Award, 2nd Place (2010)


“Skype Session: Conversation on Rhetoric, Self-Immolation, and Public Memory,” Christine Garcia’s undergraduate course, Eastern Connecticut State University (October 16, 2017)

“Erasing the Noose: The (Lack Of) Public Memory Surrounding Mexican Lynchings,” Middlebury’s Faculty Forum (October 13, 2017)

“Skype Session: Confederate Statues in Charleston and Oklahoma,” Joshua Daniel-Waryia’s graduate course, “Studies in the History of Rhetoric,” Oklahoma State University (September 21, 2017)

Between the World and Me and Race in America,” Honors College Comparative Reading Symposium, TCU (April 25, 2017)

“Conscious Prejudice, Microaggressions, and the Power of Counternarratives in the Classroom,” Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies Program, TCU (March 20, 2017)

Nothing Ever Dies and Public Memory of the Vietnam War,” Honors College Comparative Reading Symposium, TCU (September 20, 2016)

“Race and Satire” for Pop Culture Night, English Department, TCU (March 2, 2016)

“Grad School: Tropes and Truths,” University of Texas at Tyler (February 6, 2016)

“Cybertrolls, Racism, and Social Movements” for the panel “Macro and Micro Aggressions,” hosted by the Women and Gender Studies Department, TCU (October 26, 2015)

“Transcendence and Self-Immolation” for WRIT 20313: Power and Protest course, TCU (April 17, 2015)

“Border Theory,” American Culture Interest Group, TCU (August 28, 2014)

“Community Engagement in First-year Composition: Issues, Tensions, and Reflections on Engagement and Service Learning Assignments,” English Department, TCU (September 7, 2013)

“Networking Sources & Conferences through/for American Studies” American Culture Interest Group, TCU (August 29, 2013)

“MLA Conference Presentation and Research,” American Culture Interest Group, TCU (January 23, 2013)


Moody Innovation Fund Grant, Man on Fire, UT Austin (2016)

Travel Grant, English Department, TCU (2012-2017)

Graduate Student Travel Grant Award, Graduate Student Senate, TCU (2014-2016)

Radford Research Grant, TCU (2014)

Academic Competitiveness Grant, University of Texas at Tyler (2009)


McGaughy, Emily. “Intersectionality and the Lesbian Community: How Minorities can Help Support One Another.” Totally Her Media. 9 May 2016. Web.

Villarreal, Daniel. “Why a 79-Year-Old Methodist Minister Burned Himself Alive.” Unicorn Booty. 1 Dec. 2015. Web.

Hall, Michael. “Man on Fire.” Texas Monthly. December 2014. Web.

Dean, Kenneth. “Madman or Martyr? Retired Minister Sets Fire to Self, Dies.” Tyler Morning Newspaper 1 July 2014. Web.


College Composition and Communication

Rhetoric Society of America

National Council for Teachers of English

Modern Language Association

National Communications Association

Winifred Bryan Horner Rhetoric Society, TCU, RSA chapter



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