Ralph Cintrón, Ph.D., President

Ralph Cintrón, Ph.D. is a joint Associate Professor in English and Latin American and Latino Studies at the Universtity of Illinois Chicago. His interests are in rhetorical studies, ethnography, urban theory, political economy, transnationalism, and immigration. Research wise, he has done fieldwork in specific Puerto Rican and Mexican neighborhoods in Chicago. Dr. Cintrón has also done fieldwork in Kosova and co-authored essays on humanitarian interventionism and international state building.

He has published about twenty-five journal articles and book chapters, and has given over 150 keynotes, invited lectures, professional papers at conferences, or presentations in the United States and Europe. One of his books, Angels’ Town: Chero Ways, Gang Life, and Rhetorics of the Everyday, won honorable mention for the Victor Turner Prize for Ethnographic Writing from the American Anthropological Association. He was also Co-Principal Investigator on the recently published “60 Years of Migration: Puerto Ricans in Chicagoland.”

Dr. Cintrón has been a Rockefeller Foundation Fellow, a Fulbright Scholar on the political science faculty at the University of Prishtina in Prishtina, Kosova 2007-2008, and a former member of the Executive Board of the Rhetoric Society of America. He has been a member of Chicago’s Puerto Rican Agenda since 2002.

Currently, he is co-editing with Robert Hariman (Northwestern University) a book titled Power, Rhetoric, and Political Culture: The Texture of Political Action. He is also currently authoring Democracy as Fetish: Fieldwork, Rhetoric, and the Oligarchic Condition.