Book Review Editor Announcement


We're pleased to formally announce that Helen Sandoval has joined the team as the journal’s Book Review Editor. Helen has already made significant contributions to the journal and we’re excited to continue working with her as she implements her vision for the Book Reviews section of LiCS, which you can read more about below. 


I have been a Lecturer in the Merritt Writing Program at the University of California, Merced for the past six years. I am the current Chair of the Faculty of Color Working Group and a member of the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee in the Merritt Writing Program. I have presented at both regional and national conferences, including the UC Writing Conference, Young Rhetorician’s Conference, CCCCs and RSA. I am a current member of the Latinx Caucus of NCTE/CCCC. My research interests include Intersectionality and Critical Race Theory (CRT), Feminist Rhetorics, Cultural Rhetorics, and Decolonization. While my interests have evolved over time, my work has always represented my passion for helping all students, especially first-generation students of color, thrive in academia and in life. At CCCC’s 2017, as part of the Latinx Caucus workshop, I presented on border politics and the marginalized student experience on college campuses. And at CCCCs 2019, my presentation at the Feminist Caucus Workshop, “Marginalized and Oppressed: Women of Color Challenging Dominant Narratives of the Past,” represented much of my current pedagogical practices, in which I consciously focus on representing stories and lived experiences that are not traditionally highlighted in academia. 


Book Reviews: Vision and Future Directions

In her book, Reclaiming Composition for Chicano/as and Other Ethnic Minorities: a Critical History and Pedagogy, Iris D. Ruiz argues that “[a] critical analysis of history calls for examining previously excluded historical accounts, or, rather, a historiographic perspective which considers historical accounts of particular populations… those not focused upon traditional histories.” She further suggests that this “historiographic method searches for the silences or the blind spots in the narration of past events and asks, ‘what is missing?’” (150). In this vein, if we ask “what is missing?” in our field, as Dr. Ruiz argues we should, and consider how LiCS is just one space that is meant to represent current scholarship in our field, we find that the voices (scholarship) of People of Color and other marginalized groups has not been equally represented. Thus, as LiCS continues to strive toward more diverse and inclusive publishing practices, I feel it is important that book reviews represent this goal in a strong way.


As Book Review Editor, I envision the Book Reviews section of LiCS as a space that embodies diversity, equity, and inclusion. In this way, it would be representative of a diversity of authors in the field of composition studies. It is especially imperative in this moment that we work toward building a space where scholars of all backgrounds and experiences (including those whose voices have not been valued) find themselves represented. Toward this end, I will welcome book review submissions that engage with scholarship that represents such diversity—scholarship by People of Color, and scholarship that consciously cites People of Color and other marginalized groups. For it is through these citation practices that we acknowledge the valuable work of those in our field who have been historically marginalized, rendered invisible, or tokenized in academia. I look forward to a future of building a more equitable, diverse, and inclusive Book Review section of LiCS, as part of the journal’s larger continuing efforts toward this overall important endeavor.