Community Health Literacies

Science, Technology, Medicine

Empowerment & Thrivance

Hello there! My name is Wilfredo Flores, but you can say Wil if that's easier for you. The mural shown here is "La Feria," located at the Mercado in San Antonio, TX, which is my hometown, and it was painted by Jessie Treviño, a prominent artist in SA. I have this mural here—I took this photo during a recent birthday trip to my hometown—because it reminds of community and home, as well as the importance of localizing research as a scholar. With that said, read on to learn a little bit more about me, my research, and work. Contact information is below, too, so feel free to reach out. If you'd like a more hands-on approach and want to chat with me, please see my YouCanBookMe for my availability. Thank you for taking the time to check out my website.

A Bit About Me

Currently, I’m a fourth-year PhD candidate at Michigan State University in the Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures program.

In the summer of 2021—fully vaccinated!—I will be finalizing my dissertation titled "OK Sexual Health Twitter": Toward an Online Community Health Literacy of Sex thanks to support from a Dissertation Completion Fellowship from the College of Arts and Letters and MSU. I will also be working on other manuscripts, which you can read more about on my Research page. Beyond that, I'll be enjoying life amid a subsiding pandemic (at least for the non-Global South).

In my research, I specialize in cultural rhetorics, and I am particularly interested in digital rhetoric and health. My pedagogy also draws on cultural rhetorics, and I am particularly interested in technical and professional writing pedagogy. As a graduate instructor in the First-Year Writing Program at MSU, I teach WRA 101, our first-year writing course, with an inquiry- and research-based focus, adapting assignments and materials to student interests through popular culture. We have a lot of fun! You can read more about my teaching on my Teaching page.

Outside of my academic and professional work, I think a lot about bringing the university beyond the walls of the campus into local community. As an officer and now president of the Michigan Indígena / Chicanx Community Alliance, I have worked to bring together my university's mission to the very real need for culturally relevant programming and activism, working closely with Casa de Rosado, a Lansing-based Latinx art gallery and community space. I also take this approach as a founding member of and organizer in Queering Medicine, a grassroots coalition comprising MSU students and community organizers working to improve queer health in the Lansing, MI, area. As a former Sweetland Digital Rhetoric Collaborative Fellow, I worked with Nupoor Ranade to develop a podcast series related to the academic job market, deploying digital rhetorics as a praxical intervention for community need.

When I'm not doing any of the above things, you might find me at the gym, on a trail somewhere (though, as a South Texan, the cold in Michigan gets me down), reading some choice queer and/or science-fiction literature, or playing/streaming video games. If you’d like to learn more about my dissertation and my research, collaborate on a project, or just connect, feel free to email or reach out to me on any of my social media. Unless it’s LinkedIn, you weirdo … unless you want to hire me, you awesome person!

Hello from the top of the Sandia Mountains in Alberquerque, New Mexico. Friends and I visited the mountains after the first day of the National Association for Chicana, Chicano Studies conference in 2019.