Elias Dominguez Barajas

Elias Dominguez Barajas

Assoc Professor

J. William Fulbright College of Arts & Sciences


Phone: 479-575-3661

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Dr. Elías Dominguez-Barajas: Dr. Elías Domínguez Barajas has been the Director of the Program in Rhetoric and Composition at the University of Arkansas since the fall 2011 semester.  He is also an Associate Professor in the English department where he has taught courses in composition pedagogy, ethnography of communication, discourse studies, and Latino/a literature.  He received his doctoral degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago’s program in Language, Literacy & Rhetoric in 2002, and his scholarly trajectory has always been marked by an interdisciplinary research agenda—one that acknowledges the importance of relating language-centered research with educational and social concerns.

Paremiology; Discursive Practices; Oral Traditions / Verbal Art; Literacy Practices; Intercultural and Intracultural Communication

Composition Theory and Practice, Ethnography of Literacy, Ethnolinguistics, Latino/a Literature

Discourse Studies: 

  • English 6973—Seminar in Rhetoric and Composition: Introduction to Discourse Analysis
  • English 6973—Seminar in Rhetoric and Composition: Ethnography of Communication
  • English 6973—Seminar in Rhetoric and Composition: Ethnography of Narrative
  • English 6973—Seminar in Rhetoric and Composition: Humanistic Ethnography

Rhetoric and Composition:

  • English 4903—Studies in Rhetoric and Composition: Rhetoric and Culture
  • English 4903— Studies in Rhetoric and Composition: The Rhetoric of Style
  • English 2173—Literacy in America

Writing Pedagogy:

  • English 5003—Composition Pedagogy
  • English 3603—Topics in Rhetoric and Composition: Writing Center Pedagogy


  • English 4523—Studies in U.S. Latino/Latina Literature and Culture
  • English 4213—American Ethnic Literature
  • English 3543—Topics in U.S. Latino/Latina Literature and Culture


  • English 3173—Introduction to Linguistics

Ph.D. University of Illinois at Chicago

"Crafting a Composition Pedagogy with Latino Students in Mind." Composition Studies (forthcoming).

“Proverbs in the Academy: A Folklore Studies Activity for the Writing Classroom.” Journal of American Folklore 130.517 (2017): 335-352. 

“Learning from Mistakes: Using Audio Recorded Transcription Errors to Probe the Sociocognitive Paradigm in Language Processing.” Discourse Studies 17.3 (2015): 259-281. 

"The Postmodern Ethnic Condition in Ernesto Quiñonez’s Bodega Dreams.”  Latino Studies 12.1 (2014): 38-68.

The Function of Proverbs in Discourse: The Case of a Mexican Transnational Social Network. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter, 2010.

“Parallels in Academic and Non-Academic Discursive Styles: An Analysis of a Mexican Woman’s Narrative Performance.” Written Communication 24.2 (2007): 140-167.

“Sociocognitive aspects of proverb use in a Mexican transnational social network.”  Latino Language and Literacy in Ethnolinguistic Chicago.  Ed. Marcia Farr. Mahwah, New Jersey: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2005. 67-95.

Mexicanos in Chicago: Language Ideology and Identity,” co-written with Marcia Farr.  Building on Strength:  Language and Literacy in Latino Families and Communities.  Ed. Ana Celia Zentella. New York: Teachers College Press, 2005. 46-59.

Associate Professor of English, and Director of the Program in Rhetoric and Composition, University of Arkansas, July 1, 2011 to present

Assistant Professor of English, Texas A&M University, Aug. 2003 to Aug. 2010

Coordinator of First-Year Composition, Texas A&M University, Department of English, Aug. 2009 to May 2010

Bernice Jones Endowed Chair in Community & The Family Institute's Community Research Award, University of Arkansas, 2015