Hello, I'm Wilfredo Flores, PhD 👋
But you can also call me Wil. I'm a researcher, educator, and community organizer who thinks a lot about: technical & professional communication, health & medical rhetorics/literacies, and community empowerment.
I'm also a queer, Mexican American, foster care alum who grew up on the Southside of San Antonio, TX. The mural shown here is "La Feria," located at the Mercado in San Antonio, and it was painted by Jessie Treviño, a prominent artist in SA. I have this mural here—I took this photo during a birthday trip home a few years ago—because it reminds me of where I come from and the importance of centering community.
Right now, I’ve just graduated with my PhD in Rhetoric and Writing (cultural rhetorics focus) from the Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures at Michigan State University. In my research, I specialize in digital cultural rhetorics and am interested, broadly, in the colonial intimacies between science, technology, and medicine. I've recently defended my dissertation (passed with no revisions 😎), and I'm prepping to start my new role as an Assistant Professor of Digital Cultural Rhetorics at the University of North Carolina Charlotte in the Writing, Rhetoric, and Digital Studies department.
Outside of work, you might find me at the gym, on a trail somewhere (though, as a South Texan, the cold in Michigan gets me down), reading or listening to some choice queer and/or science-fiction books, or playing/streaming video games.