My research focuses on the migration and localization of writing and rhetorical practices informed by the theories and methods in Hip Hop and Chicanx studies. In order to understand how practices are remixed and globalized, I argue, we must examine and value the histories and contexts in which these practices were initially developed and then localized. Through community engaged research I hope to create scholarship that helps build, sustain, and connect communities of practice.
Specifically I am interested in the ways that migration can be understood as a purposeful movement that can influence our understandings of how we move as scholars and teachers in various spaces. Conscious migration means that we pay attention to the spaces and places that we encounter so that we may create respectful and meaningful relationships to people and land. I believe that Hip Hop offers many models and examples of the way that practices have been able to successfully travel globally while reflecting localized needs and aesthetics.
Currently I am working on my dissertation "Still Tippin': A Borderlands Hip Hop Rhetoric(s) Migration through Houston." Additionally I am working on writing and literacy projects with Latinx and Indigenous Youth in the Lansing area with an emphasis' on technology and storytelling.
As a scholar, I hope to do work that highlights the communities within and around the university, that will inform our understanding of writing across contexts, modalities, and practices.
Del Hierro, Victor, Margaret Price, Daisy Levy. “We Are Here: Negotiating Difference and Alliance in Spaces of Cultural Rhetorics.” Enculturation. 21 (Spring 2016).
Del Hierro, Victor. “Review of Medina, Cruz. Reclaiming Poch@ Pop: Examining the Rhetoric of Cultural Deficiency. New York: Palgrave McMillan, 2015.” Reflections: A Journal of Writing, Service-Learning, and Community Literacy 15.1 (Fall 2015).
Maura Ives, Victor Del Hierro, Bailey Kelsey, Laura Smith, Christina Sumners. “Encoding the Discipline: English Graduate Student Reflections on Working with TEI.” Journal of the Text Encoding Initiative 6.
Del Hierro, Victor, Catalina Bartlett, Casie Cobos, Marcos Del Hierro, Qwo-Li Driskill, Ayde Enriquez-Loya, Stephanie Wheeler. “The Calmécac Collective, or, How to Survive the Academic Industrial Complex through Radical Indigenous Practices.” El Mundo Zurdo 3: Selected Works from the Meetings of The Society for the Study of Gloria Anzaldúa. Eds. Sonia Saldívar-Hull, Larissa Mercado-López, Antonia Castañeda. San Francisco: Aunt Lute Books (2013).