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Alexandra Hidalgo

Associate Professor; Co-Director of the Documentary Laboratory for Creative Non-Fiction Film; Graduate Faculty
Office: 265 Bessey Hall
Email: hidalgo5@msu.edu

Research Areas

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


Alexandra Hidalgo is an award-winning Venezuelan filmmaker, whose documentaries have been official selections for film festivals in 15 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 is assistant professor of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures and co-director of the Doc Lab at Michigan State University. Her video book Cámara Retórica: A Feminist Filmmaking Methodology for Rhetoric and Composition received the 2017 Computers and Composition Distinguished Book Award. Her academic video essays have been published in Enculturation, Kairos, Present Tense, and Peitho, among others. She is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of the digital publication agnès films: supporting women and feminist filmmakers and of the peer-reviewed journal constellations: a cultural rhetorics publishing space.


Ph.D., Purdue University, 2013

M.F.A., Naropa University, 2004

B.A., Ohio University Honors Tutorial College, 2000

Representative Work

The Weeping Season (in production feature documentary) http://theweepingseason.com/

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

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

Hidalgo, Alexandra, editor. Pixelating the Self: Digital Feminist Memoirs. Enculturation Intermezzo, 2018. http://intermezzo.enculturation.net/08-hidalgo-et-al.htm

“Motherhood on the Screen: An Exploration of Wounds Opened and Closed Through Home Video.” Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy, vol. 23, no. 2. 2019. http://kairos.technorhetoric.net/23.2/topoi/hidalgo/index.html

“Creating our Pasts Together: A Cultural Rhetorics Approach to Memoir.” Journal of Multimodal Rhetorics, vol. 2, no. 1, 2018. http://journalofmultimodalrhetorics.com/2-1-hidalgo

“A Feminist Approach to Social Media” (with Katie Grimes). Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy 12.2 (2017). Web. http://kairos.technorhetoric.net/21.2/topoi/hidalgo-grimes/index.html

“Alto Precio: Love, Loss, and Rebellion in Raising Bilingual Children.” Technoculture: an Online Journal of Technology in Society 6 (2016). Web. https://tcjournal.org/vol6/hidalgo

“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. https://ccdigitalpress.org/book/reconstructingthearchive/hidalgo.html

agnès films: supporting women and feminist filmmakers, Co-founder and Editor-in-Chief April 2010 – present https://agnesfilms.com/

constellations: a cultural rhetorics publishing space, Co-founder and Editor-in-Chief October 2018 – present http://constell8cr.com/

Selected Courses Taught

WRA 882: Contemporary Theories of Rhetoric 

WRA 853: Writing Workshop 

WRA 891:Academic Memoirs Across Media  

WRA 325: Writing and Multimodality 

WRA 425: Advanced Multimedia Writing

MI/FLM/JRN/WRA 211: Documentary History and Theory  

WRA 360: Visual Rhetoric 

Research or Academic Affiliations 

Board Member, Cultural Rhetorics Consortium

Co-Chair and Listserv Manager, Mothers in Rhetoric and Composition

Listerv Manager and Website Advisor, NCTE Latinx Caucus

Social Media

Twitter: @SabanaGrandePro