Crystal Colombini, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Crystal Colombini, Ph.D.

Professional Info: Curriculum Vitae
Fax: (210) 458-5366
Office: MB 2.460


Rhetorical Theory, Writing Studies, Economic Rhetoric & Writing, Professional & Technical Writing, Writing Program Administration & Curriculum Design


Intersecting various conversations in rhetorical theory and writing studies, Dr. Colombini’s research examines connections between economic ideas and the rhetorical constitution of political rationalities, social contexts, institutional cultures, and human subjectivities.

Motivated by concerns for economic and social justice in the current neoliberal moment, her projects examine various rhetorical traditions, events, and situations—from public debates about markets, to deliberation over federal policy and regulation, to resistant social movements, to educational—to explore how neoliberal transformations push wealth upward, create irreconcilable divisions between individuals and collectives, maintain social inequities, and habituate logics that blame disadvantaged peoples for their own plight. Her current major project is her monograph Constructing the Market, which links the public rhetoric of American homeownership to patterns of discourse that both sustain and disrupt the dominant logics of neoliberalism capitalism. Her articles have appeared in a range of journals including College English, Rhetoric Society Quarterly, Advances in the History of Rhetoric, Technical Communication Quarterly, and more.

Recent Undergraduate Courses Taught

  • Advanced Professional Writing
  • Introductory Technical Writing
  • Theory and Practice of Composition
  • Advanced Composition
  • Senior Seminar in Rhetorical Theory

Recent Graduate Courses Taught

  • Theory & Practice of Composition
  • Academic Writing Genres
  • Publics, Counterpublics, and Social Movements


Dr. Colombini is the winner of several internal grants at UTSA, including an INTRA grant and a grant from the UTSA Libraries OER (Open Educational Resources) initiative. See Dr. Colombini featured in a video for the OER Initiative here.

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