A person wearing a purple wig

Ruben Mendoza

PhD Student
Graduate Writing Consultant and LBGT Resource Center Liaison

Email: mendo119@msu.edu

Research Interests

Writing Program Administration; Pedagogy; Multimodality; Digital Archives; Queer, Trans, and Feminist Rhetorics


Ruben “Ruby” Mendoza (they/them) is a first-year doctoral candidate studying queer, trans, and feminist rhetoric, as well as writing program administration. Ruby, a California native, earned their BA at California State University, Chico in English Studies and completed their MA at San Diego State University in Rhetoric and Writing Studies, specializing in the teaching of writing. Although they have taught first-year writing and worked as an Associate Director of Lower Division Writing, Ruby’s thesis centered on queer rhetoric. They examined Hollow Eve, a poststructuralist gender non-conforming drag performer who defies RuPaul’s assumption about traditional drag through live and digitized spaces. To examine this digital/virtual archived performance, Ruby utilized José Esteban Muñoz’s theory on disidentification to extend and complicate how a minoritarian community disempowers subcultures within their own community. Ruby hopes to continue this work to attempt to conceptualize how queer, trans, and feminist rhetorics intersect/translate into pedagogy and writing program administration. Ruby is excited to continue working in these areas of study at MSU’s WRAC department, especially to produce scholarship that focuses on queering systems of oppression: heteronormativity and white supremacy.


MA in Rhetoric and Writing Studies (Specialization in the Teaching of Writing), San Diego State University

BA in English Studies, California State University, Chico

Awards and Recognitions

University Enrichment Fellow