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Cana Uluak Itchuaqiyaq

Cana Uluak Itchuaqiyaq, Assistant Professor, Professional and Technical Writing

Cana Uluak Itchuaqiyaq, Assistant Professor, Professional and Technical Writing
Cana Uluak Itchuaqiyaq, Assistant Professor, Professional and Technical Writing

Department of English
223 Shanks Hall
181 Turner St. NW
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Cana Uluak Itchuaqiyaq (she/they) is an assistant professor of professional and technical writing at Virginia Tech. As a technical communication and rhetoric scholar, their research combines the digital humanities, data analysis, critical race theory, and Indigenous knowledges to investigate the intersections of identity, science/technology/medicine, colonialism, and culture in order to effectively reveal how mainstream academic, institutional, and societal practice often perpetuates the marginalization of underrepresented scholars and communities. They use theory and data to develop effective methods that equip others to do respectful research and social justice work in technical communication and other disciplines.

  • Technical and Professional Communication
  • Cultural Rhetorics
  • Indigenous Rhetorics
  • Decolonial Methodologies
  • Arctic Research
  • Respectful Research
  • PhD in Technical Communication and Rhetoric, Utah State University
  • MA in Communication, Media, and Persuasion, Idaho State University
  • ALB in Environmental Studies, Harvard Extension School
  • Steering Committee Member, Caleb Scholars Program
  • Author, National Climate Assessment 5 (NCA5), Alaska Chapter
  • Editorial Board Member, Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, & Pedagogy
  • Editorial Board Member, Communication Design Quarterly

Journal Articles

Itchuaqiyaq, C.U., & Matheson, B. (2021). Decolonizing Decoloniality: Considering the (Mis)use of Decolonial Frameworks in TPC scholarship. Communication Design Quarterly, 9(1), 20-31. 

Itchuaqiyaq, C. U., & Matheson, B. (2021). Decolonial Dinners: Ethical Consideration of Decolonial Metaphors in TPC Scholarship. Technical Communication Quarterly 30(3), 298-310. 

Itchuaqiyaq, C. U., Edenfield, A. C., & Grant-Davie, K. (2021). Sex Work and Professional Risk Communication: Keeping Safe on the Streets. Journal of Business and Technical Communication

Itchuaqiyaq, C. U., Ranade, N., & Walton, R. (2021). Theory to Query: Developing a Corpus-Analysis Method Using Computer Programming and Human Analysis. Technical Communication 68(3), 7-28.

Book Chapters

Itchuaqiyaq, C. U. (2021). Iñupiat Iḷitqusiat: An Indigenist Ethics Approach for Working with Marginalized Knowledges in Technical Communication. In R. Walton & G. Agboka (Eds.), Equipping Technical Communicators for Social Justice Work: Theories, Methodologies, and Pedagogies. Logan, UT: Utah State University Press, pp. 33-48.

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