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 a series of articles drawing from my dissertation work on Houston Hip Hop, Migration, Localization, and Borderlands. In addition, I am developing a new book project on Hip Hop, Identity, and the Juarez-El Paso Borderlands. 

Along with William Medina-Jerez, Lucia Dura, and Laura Gonzales, we are collectively leading La Escuelita, an after school family literacy program. In partnership with the El Paso Housing Authority and the Salazar community, our Escuelita meets weekly to talk about culture, identity, and literacy.

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.



Potts, Liza and Victor Del Hierro. “From Concept to Completion: Building a Digital Book.” In Proceedings of SIGDOC Conference, Halifax, NS, Canada, August 2017 (Halifax’17)

Butler, Janine, Joseph Cirio, Victor Del Hierro, Laura Gonzales, Joy Robinson, and Angela Haas. “Caring for the Future: Initiatives for Further Inclusion in Computers and Writing.” Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy. 22.1 (Fall 2017). Invited Submission

Torrez, J. Estrella, Santos Ramos, Laura Gonzales, Victor Del Hierro, and Everardo Cuevas. “Nuestros Cuentos: Fostering a Comunidad de Cuentistas Through Collaborative Storytelling with Latinx and Indigenous Youth.” Bilingual Review/Revista Bilingüe. 33.5 (2017).

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).