Jennifer Clifton

Hudspeth Hall
El Paso Texas, 79968
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Jennifer Clifton
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Assistant Professor, English

Dr. Clifton’s current scholarship puts theories and rhetorics of public life, deliberative arts, and situated action to work in contexts where globalization and transnational movement complicate the conditions and consequences of engagement in public life. On the one hand, her work takes up the question, Who gets to go public? However, what’s beneath this question interests her more. The public turn implies a turn toward the commons—a contested, provisional construct that puts questions of access and self-other relations front and center. A turn toward the commons joins deliberation over situated action (What, if anything should we do? What now? What next?) with deliberation over values (Where are we going? Is this desirable? Who gains, who loses—under what conditions, to what degree, and by which mechanisms of power?) My research brings contemporary rhetorical theories of deliberative democracy and the public sphere to the design of sites and processes for collaborative inquiry, complex problem-solving, and intercultural knowledge-building that document and support people making real-time decisions under constraints not of their making and in the face of outcomes they cannot control.


  1. Collaborative problem-solving
  2. Community Engaged Scholarship
  3. Community engagement
  4. Community writing
  5. Dialogue
  6. Public policy


  1. Education for the 21st Century Demographic
  2. Energy & Environment
  3. Global Enterprise & Border Studies
  4. Cross-cutting: U.S. –Mexico and Latin America: Social and Behavioral Issues
  5. Other