Elias Dominguez Barajas

Associate Professor, Director of the College Composition Program
WMS 222E
Paremiology; Discursive Practices; Oral Traditions / Verbal Art; Literacy Practices; Intercultural and Intracultural Communication

Dr. Elias Dominguez Barajas is the Director of the College Composition Program at Florida State University since May of 2019. He is also an Associate Professor in the English department where he teaches courses in composition pedagogy, ethnography of communication, discourse studies, and literacy studies. He received his doctoral degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago’s program in Language, Literacy & Rhetoric in 2002, and his scholarly trajectory has always been marked by an interdisciplinary research agenda—one that acknowledges the importance of relating language-centered research with educational and social concerns.


  • “Language and Creativity, Theoretical Aspects of: Proverbs” International Encyclopedia of Linguistic Anthropology. Edited by James Stanlaw. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell. (Forthcoming Fall 2019)
  • “Proverbs” International Encyclopedia of Linguistic Anthropology. Edited by James Stanlaw. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell. (Forthcoming Fall 2019)
  • "Crafting a Composition Pedagogy with Latino Students in Mind." Composition Studies 45.2 (2017): 216-218.
  • “Proverbs in the Academy: A Folklore Studies Activity for the Writing Classroom.” Journal of American Folklore 130.517 (2017): 335-352.
  • “Learning from Mistakes: Using Audio Recorded Transcription Errors to Probe the Sociocognitive Paradigm in Language Processing.” Discourse Studies 17.3 (2015): 259-281.
  • "The Postmodern Ethnic Condition in Ernesto Quiñonez’s Bodega Dreams.” Latino Studies 12.1 (2014): 38-68.
  • The Function of Proverbs in Discourse: The Case of a Mexican Transnational Social Network. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter, 2010.
  • “Parallels in Academic and Non-Academic Discursive Styles: An Analysis of a Mexican Woman’s Narrative Performance.” Written Communication 24.2 (2007): 140-167.
  • “Sociocognitive aspects of proverb use in a Mexican transnational social network.” Latino Language and Literacy in Ethnolinguistic Chicago. Ed. Marcia Farr. Mahwah, New Jersey: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2005. 67-95.
  • Mexicanos in Chicago: Language Ideology and Identity,” co-written with Marcia Farr. Building on Strength: Language and Literacy in Latino Families and Communities. Ed. Ana Celia Zentella. New York: Teachers College Press, 2005. 46-59.


  • Bernice Jones Endowed Chair in Community & The Family Institute's Community Research Award, University of Arkansas, 2015.

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