Areas of Expertise: Cultural Studies, Gay/Lesbian Studies, Queer, Feminist, and Postmodern Theory, Gender Studies, Social & Political Thought, Rhetorical Theory & Criticism
Office location: English Department, Pedreira Building, Office #2-B, Basement of Pedreira Building, College of Humanities
Office hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1:30-2:30 pm, Wednesdays, 3:30-4:30 pm or by appointment.
Phone: (787) 764-0000 ext. 3814
Messages: (787) 764-0000 ext. 2553 (at the English Department office)
Brief biography [Message from Tony Slagle's parents regarding his passing]
Tony Slagle was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah, in 1969. In 1991, he left Utah to study at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California, where he earned a B.A. in speech communication. While at Pepperdine, Tony was an active member of the debate team and was the national Lincoln-Douglas debate champion in 1991. He went on to earn an M.A. (1993) in communication studies at California State University, Northridge, and a Ph.D. (1998) at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. After earning his Ph.D., he taught at St. Cloud State University in Minnesota. He moved to Puerto Rico in 2001 with his partner, Derick, and his beagle, Daisy.
Tony is active in the National Communication Association (NCA). In NCA, Tony has chaired the Caucus on Gay and Lesbian Concerns twice, was the founding chair of the Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual/Transgender Communication Studies Division, and has served two terms on the association’s Legislative Assembly. In addition to his affiliation with NCA, Tony is in his fourth year as the president of the Speech Communication Association of Puerto Rico.
His research interests include rhetoric and popular culture, communication and gender, queer theory, communication and sexualities, cultural studies, and the rhetoric of HIV/AIDS. His interest in popular culture has helped him to realize the importance of seriously considering often overlooked and/or maligned communication phenomena which often have a significant cultural impact. Along these lines, he has published on queer theory, Pee-wee Herman, and he is currently working on an article about The Rocky Horror Picture Show. In 2003, he received an award from the Speech Communication Association for his outstanding contributions to research in communication.
At UPR, he was on several department committees, was the chair of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), and served as the compliance officer for laboratory animal research on the Río Piedras campus. He additionally served as the director of the Domitila Domenech Belaval Audio Visual Resource Center in the English Department.