Elvira Carrizal-Dukes

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El Paso Texas, 79968
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Elvira Carrizal-Dukes
Assistant Professor of Practice, Chicano Studies

Dr. Dukes (a.k.a. Elvira Carrizal-Dukes) is an Assistant Professor of Instruction for Chicana/o Studies at The University of Texas at El Paso, where she earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Rhetoric and Composition. She earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in Film from Columbia University in the City of New York and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities in Journalism and Chicano Studies and a minor in Theatre Arts.Dr. Dukes teaches Chicana/o Cinema and Theatre, American Cinema of the US-Mexico Border, The Roots of Latina/o Hip Hop, and Chicano/Latino Music in the U.S. She has garnered several awards for her work as an early career digital scholar, educator, and writing artist such as the Knight Fellowship for the PhDigital Bootcamp at the Media Innovation Lab at Texas State University, a Cindy and Dickie Selfe Fellowship for The Digital Media and Composition Institute at The Ohio State University, and a National Consortium of Environmental Rhetoric & Writing Writer-in-Residence Fellowship in New Mexico. Her academic and creative writing and digital projects center the lives of women and racially and economically disadvantaged communities.Dr. Dukes’ work “Chicanx Filmmaking: Producing the Next Generation of Resilient Cinema” appears in Reflections: A Journal of Community-Engaged Writing and Rhetoric. She also contributed to the inaugural issue of Latinx Writing and Rhetoric Studies (LWRS) with “El Paso Strong: Interview with mural artist Gabe Vasquez,” about a memorial mural that went up almost immediately after the mass shooting by a white supremacist targeting Mexican-origin people in El Paso, Texas. Previously, she contributed as a co-author for “La salud en mis manos: Localizing Health and Wellness Literacies in Transnational Communities through Participatory Mindfulness and Art-Based Projects” a peer-reviewed article for Present Tense: A Journal of Rhetoric in Society.She is a filmmaker and the writer, director, and producer of Mariposa (2006) and The Weeping Pimp (2015). Dr. Dukes is the author of the play Father’s Shadow / Sombra del Padre (Dramatic Publishing, 2001) winner of the Kennedy Center/ American College Theatre Festival Sí TV Playwriting Award and the Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Fellowship. Other produced plays written by Dr. Dukes include Escaping Juarez, P.I.G. (Pimps, Illegals, Gangsters), Silencio No Mas, and Border Ballad Twinkle Toe Patrol: A Chicanx Musical.Together with her husband Ronnie Dukes, they started DUKEScomics.com, an independent comic book publisher whose mission is to create a positive vision for the future of Black and Brown people.Dr. Dukes is the author of the graphic novel A.W.O.L. about a Xicana soldier who leaves the military without permission to find her brother who has been kidnapped. A.W.O.L. made its international world premiere at Tokyo Comic Con in 2018 and is available in English, Japanese, and Spanish.Dr. Dukes proudly serves as a Board Member for Equal Footing, a nonprofit whose mission is to empower women to tell their stories. To support this initiative, visit: www.equalfootingcharity.org/.


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