About Rebecca Dominguez- Karimi 

Rebecca Dominguez-Karimi, PhD
rbkarimi@gmail.com

Rebecca Dominguez-Karimi is an oral historian, founder of The Treasures From Aztlan, writer, and speaker. She is also an adjunct professor of English and produces podcasts and radio programs. An oral historian since 2005, her Treasures From  Aztlan collection contains Mexican American narrators that lived during the Jim Crow era. Her non-fiction writings and academic essays have been published in several publications, including Multicultural Memories of Race and Change and An Introvert in an Extrovert World: Essays on the Quiet Ones. Currently, she is a member of the Florida Humanities Council Speaker’s Directory (FHC), presenting programs highlighting minority communities. Download The Speakers Directory Here: >>DOWNLOAD<<

Originally from San Antonio, Texas, she grew up during the last days of the Jim Crow era. As a first generation US citizen of Mexican heritage, the Mexican culture and Spanish language enveloped her.  She enjoys sharing the richness of her background with her FHC audience in one of her presentations, “I’m An American.” This work includes a voice from the Latino community as well as music from Latin America. 

Rebecca’s scholarship in gender studies focuses on women from minority communities. Her IMLS fellowship analyzed the hidden treasures of the African American Research Library and Cultural Center (AARLCC), Fort Lauderdale. Her research culminated with “Representations of La Femme” a study of African American women in sheet music cover art. Rebecca’s FHC presentation explores AARLCC’s Sixto Campano collection from the Special Collections Ephemera and Manuscripts collection. 

Rebecca also specializes in all facets of Oral history projects. She holds workshops on how to start a project plus she will personally gather oral histories for interested organizations or train community volunteers on interview techniques. These workshops can last from 3 to 6 hours in length, depending upon the type. 

Rebecca’s memoir writing workshops cover the fundamentals of memoir writing. Writing prompts and readings are provided to get the creativity flowing. The workshop ends with participants reading a short piece they’ve written during the exercises.

My Credentials

Research Interests

Oral history, Minority studies (Mexican and African American), Women’s Studies

 

Education

2018                       Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL

                                PhD, Comparative Studies, Certificate in Gender Studies

Dissertation: “Oral History as a Means of Moral Repair: Jim Crow Racism and the Mexican Americans of San Antonio.”

2006                       Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL

Master of Arts in Liberal Studies

Research Project: Treasures From Aztlan Oral History Project, “A Field Study on the Mexican Diaspora and Cultural Assimilation.”

1985                       University of California, Irvine

Bachelor of Arts in English-Literary Criticism, Creative Writing

Honors and Awards

Winner

Florida Atlantic University Department of Research

2009 Dissertation Year Grant Award, “Oral History as a Means of Moral Repair: Jim Crow Racism in the Mexican American Community of San Antonio.”

Winner

 

Frank and Courtney Brogan Creative Writing Award, Non-fiction
Coastlines Literary Magazine, Florida Atlantic University

Institute of Museum and Library Services Fellowship For semester of research at the African American Research Library & Cultural Center, Ft. Lauderdale, FL.

Topics:  “Representations of La Femme: Portrayals of African American Women in Sheet Music Cover Art 1850-1956”—Research Pathfinder; “A Feminist Analysis of Early 19th Century African Women: As Revealed Through Missionary, Travel, and Scientific Writing;”  “Agents of Change: the Role of Africans in the History of the New World”

Third Place Winner: “Transforming Memoir into the Realm of Radio.” Graduate Research Symposium, Florida Atlantic University

 

Academic Associations

Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, Florida Atlantic University

The National Scholars Honor Society

Golden Key International Honor Society, Florida Atlantic University

 

Teaching Experience

2009-2016            Nova Southeastern University, School of Humanities

Adjunct Professor

English Composition 1000, 1500, 2000; American Literature, Business Writing

 

2011                       South University, General Studies

Adjunct Professor

English & Literature, Introduction to Speech

 

2006-2009            Florida Atlantic University, School of Communication and Multimedia Studies

Teaching Assistant

  • Taught all aspects of radio production: including writing for broadcast, digital conversion software and editing, how to use recording equipment, and voicing techniques
  • Developed lab manual for how to build a radio program using the Adobe Audition software
  • Voiced station breaks for Wavelengths Internet Radio
  • Produced and developed new programming for Wavelengths Internet Radio

 

2007                       Florida Atlantic University, Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters

Investigator

  • One of three primary investigators for Pearl City Reunion Oral History Project
  • Developed research questions, gathered and recorded oral histories and digitized recordings for Florida Atlantic University Library archives
  • Assisted undergraduate students in methodology of conducting oral histories

 

2006                       Florida Atlantic University, School of Communication and Multimedia Studies

Intern

  • Taught undergraduate broadcast journalism students radio production techniques
  • Produced, developed, and voiced new programming for Wavelengths Internet Radio station

 

2005-2006            Florida Atlantic University, Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters

Writing Consultant, University Center for Excellence in Writing

  • Taught various elements of writing university level papers to undergraduate students in one on one setting
  • Assisted graduate students and faculty with the editing process for scholarly papers, books, and theses

 

Other Work Experience

2004– 2009          Wavelengths Internet Radio station, Florida Atlantic University, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Writer/Radio Producer

  • Expert in all aspects of radio production for Voices of Race and Change radio program
  • Instrumental in creating, writing, producing, editing, music selection, and audio editing of the pilot program(s) for Wavelengths Internet Radio station

 

2004                       Project Hannah Ministry, Women of Hope; Trans World radio network

Freelance Writer/Radio Producer

  • Created and produced several radio program segments for international airing

 

1990-1996            Glaxo Pharmaceuticals, Research Triangle Park, NC.

Professional Sales Consultant

  • Analyzed, formulated, and implemented sales and marketing program; increased market share and profitability, generating sales in excess of $1 million dollars in yearly pharmaceutical sales; President’s Award-top national sales.

 

Professional Affiliations

  • National Council of Teachers of English
  • Delta Kappa Gamma, Honor Society of Women Educators
  • Oral History Association
  • Texas Oral History Association
  • Florida Historical Society
  • Texas Historical Society

 

Publications, Productions, and Presentations 

Dominguez-Karimi, Rebecca. “Oral History as a Means of Moral Repair: Jim Crow Racism and the Mexican Americans of San Antonio.” (2018). Doctoral Dissertation. ProQuest. Ann Arbor, MI. 

Dominguez-Karimi, Rebecca. “Best Strategies for Creating a Writing Life.” (2018). Panel presentation. Palm Beach County Library, Lantana Road Branch. Lake Worth, FL. 

Dominguez-Karimi, Rebecca. Myrna Santos, ed. (2015). “ Coerced Introverts: The Forced Introversion of Women before Feminism.” An Introvert in an Extrovert World: Essays on the Quiet Ones. Cambridge Scholars Publishing. Cambridge, 57-79. 

Dominguez-Karimi, Rebecca and Mallen, Anne.  (2015). Transformations: Oral History and Memoir Writing. Class series. MCCI Senior Center, West Palm Beach, FL. 

Dominguez-Karimi, Rebecca. (April 2012). Oral History as a Means of Moral Repair: Jim Crow Racism in the Mexican American community of San Antonio, Texas. Presenter. Texas Oral History Association, Waco, TX. 

Dominguez-Karimi, Rebecca. (October 2008). “Musings from the Goddesses Tonantzin and Xochiquetzal.” Paper and Presentation at Interdisciplinarity and Environmental Sustainability Conference. Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL. 

Dominguez-Karimi, Rebecca. (June 2008). Oral History as a Means of Moral Repair. Paper and podcast. Symposium on Socio-Political Meanings of Human Rights in Cultural Contexts. Nova Southeastern University, Davie, Fl. 

Dominguez-Karimi, Rebecca. (April 2008). Oral History Interviewing Techniques for the Genealogist. Broward County African American Genealogical Society. African American Research Library & Cultural Center, Ft. Lauderdale, FL. 

Dominguez-Karimi, Rebecca. (2008). Adobe Audition Workshop Primer. Florida Atlantic University, School of Communication, Broadcast Journalism class, Ft. Lauderdale, FL. 

Dominguez-Karimi, Rebecca. (March 2008). Representations of La Femme: Portrayals of African American Women in Sheet Music Cover Art 1850-1956. PowerPoint and paper presentation. Black Women’s History Month. African American Research Library & Cultural Center, Ft. Lauderdale, FL. 

Dominguez-Karimi, Rebecca. (2007). “Pruneface,” Coastlines Literary Magazine. Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL, 29-32. 

Dominguez-Karimi, Rebecca; Oliver, Kitty; Laurenti, Lynn. (2007). “Voices of Race and Change.” Wavelengths Archives. Florida Atlantic University, Ft. Lauderdale, FL. 

Dominguez-Karimi, Rebecca. (2007). “Representations of La Femme: Portrayals of African American Women in Sheet Music Cover Art 1850-1956”—Research Pathfinder. African American Research Library and Cultural Center, Ft. Lauderdale, FL. 

Dominguez-Karimi, Rebecca. (2007). Adobe Audition Workshop Primer. Florida Atlantic University, School of Communication, Broadcast Journalism class, Ft. Lauderdale, FL. 

Dominguez-Karimi, Rebecca. (2007). “Power Point Workshop: Embedding Audio and other Advanced Techniques.” African American Research Library and Cultural Center In-Service, Ft. Lauderdale, FL. 

Dominguez-Karimi, Rebecca. (October 2006). I’m an American: Literacy in Mexican Americans. Paper and podcast. Wiregrass Literary Festival, Valdosta State University, Valdosta, GA. 

Dominguez-Karimi, Rebecca. Oliver, Kitty, ed., (2006). “Café con Leche Americana.” Multicultural Reflections on “Race and Change,” Bordighera Press, Boca Raton, FL, 173-185. 

Dominguez-Karimi, Rebecca. (2006). Adobe Audition Workshop Primer. Florida Atlantic University, School of Communication, Broadcast Journalism class, Ft. Lauderdale, FL. 

Dominguez-Karimi, Rebecca. (2006). La Morenita.  Podcast. Wavelengths, Florida Atlantic University, Ft. Lauderdale, FL. 

Dominguez-Karimi, Rebecca. (2006). Café Con Leche.  Podcast. Wavelengths, Florida Atlantic University, Ft. Lauderdale, FL. 

Dominguez-Karimi, Rebecca. (2005). “Mariposas,” Coastlines Literary Magazine. Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL, 13-17. 

Dominguez-Karimi, Rebecca. (November 2005). Hispanic Women’s Voices of Hope. Paper and podcast. Oral History Association National Meeting, Providence, RI. 

Dominguez-Karimi, Rebecca. (April 2005). Café con Leche. Podcast. Parties/Shared Spaces Symposium, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA. 

Dominguez-Karimi, Rebecca. (April 2005). Café Con Leche.  Podcast. Graduate Research Symposium, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL. 

Dominguez-Karimi, Rebecca. (February 2005). Café con Leche. Podcast. Alleyways Symposium, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL. 

Dominguez-Karimi, Rebecca. (December 2004). Hope for Hard Times. Writer/producer. Women of Hope, Trans World radio. 

Dominguez-Karimi, Rebecca. Hervine. (1984). “La Morenita.” University of California, Irvine. 

Dominguez-Karimi, Rebecca. Hervine. (1984). “Sister Carmen.” University of California, Irvine

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