Michigan State University
Michigan State University
Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures
Alexandra Hidalgo
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Alexandra Hidalgo

Assistant Professor

Documentary Production Minor Core Faculty

Graduate Faculty

Office: 256 Bessey Hall

Email: hidalgo5@msu.edu

Twitter: @SabanaGrandePro

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Research Areas

Film and Video Production, Documentary, Memoir, Cultural Rhetorics, Feminism, Immigration, Social Media, Digital Spaces and Publication


Alexandra Hidalgo is an award-winning filmmaker, whose documentaries have been official selections for film festivals in 11 countries and been screened at universities around the United States, and whose videos and activist writing have been featured on The Hollywood Reporter, IndieWire, NPR, and Women and Hollywood. She was born in Venezuela and immigrated to Dayton, Ohio at 16. Her video book Cámara Retórica: A Feminist Filmmaking Methodology for Rhetoric and Composition was published by Computers and Composition Digital Press in 2017. Her academic video essays have been published in Enculturation, Kairos, Technoculture, Itineration, Present Tense, and Peitho. She is the founder and editor-in-chief of agnès films, a digital publication that supports the work of women and feminist filmmakers and a managing editor for constellations: a cultural rhetorics publishing space.


Ph.D. in English
Purdue University, August 2013
West Lafayette, Indiana
Primary Area: Rhetoric and Composition
Secondary Areas: Digital Rhetoric (Film and Video Concentration), Public Rhetoric

M.F.A. in Creative Writing – Fiction
Naropa University, May 2004
Boulder, Colorado

B.A. in Philosophy
Ohio University Honors Tutorial College, June 2000
Athens, Ohio 

Representative Work

Teta (25 minutes, 2017)
This short documentary tells the story of my journey nursing my youngest son, Santiago, for twenty-two months.

Cámara Retórica: A Feminist Filmmaking Methodology for Rhetoric and Composition. Logan, UT: Computers and Composition Digital P/Utah State UP, 2017. Web.

A Feminist Approach to Social Media” (with Katie Grimes). Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy 12.2 (2017). Web. 

Family Archives and the Rhetoric of Loss.” Provocations: Reconstructing the Archive. Eds. Patrick Berry, Gail E. Hawisher, and Cynthia L. Selfe. Logan, UT: Computers and Composition Digital P/Utah State UP, 2016. Web.

Alto Precio: Love, Loss, and Rebellion in Raising Bilingual Children.” Technoculture: an Online Journal of Technology in Society 6 (2016). Web.

Vanishing Fronteras: A Call for Documentary Filmmaking in Cultural Rhetorics (con la ayuda de Anzaldúa).” Enculturation: a Journal of Rhetoric, Writing, and Culture 21 (2016). Web.

Introduction to Race, Rhetoric, and the State Special Issue” with Donnie Johnson Sackey. Present Tense: A Journal of Rhetoric in Society 5.2 (Fall 2015). Web. 

Vanishing Borders (90 minutes, 2014)
This feature documentary showcases the lives of four immigrant women living in New York City, who transform their communities with their work.

Selected Courses Taught

Writing Workshop (WRA 853). Spring 2017.

Academic Memoirs Across Media (WRA 891). Fall 2015. 

Advanced Multimedia Writing (WRA 425). Spring 2017.

Documentary History and Theory (MI/FLM/JRN/WRA 211). Fall 2016.

Visual Rhetoric (WRA 360). Fall 2015, Spring 2016.

Research or Academic Affiliations 

Board Member, Cultural Rhetorics Consortium
Managing Editor, constellations: a cultural rhetorics publishing space
Co-Chair and Listserv Manager, Mothers in Rhetoric and Composition
Listerv Manager and Website Advisor, NCTE Latinx Caucus