Without Ritual, Autonomous Negotiations is for Dr. Andrew Joseph Pegoda to write about culture, history, philosophy, rhetoric, teaching, writing, and much more and to engage in conversations with people in the process. (The current comment policy for this website is located here.) All of this is part of his commitment to public scholarship and to regular thinking and writing.

Dr. Pegoda specializes in History, Philosophy of History, Cultural Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies, and Otherness. Put briefly, he studies how cultural artifacts (mainly film) unconsciously shape and reshape historical memory at the expensive of minorities. He is also doing background research for an article on the History of Neurofibromatosis.

Dr. Pegoda is a professor and currently teaches United States, Texas, African American, and Mexican American History part-time at Alvin Community College and teaches Introduction to LGBT/Queer Studies part-time at the University of Houston for the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program

Dr. Pegoda’s courses are interdisciplinary, are informed by adult learning theory, and are thinking, reading, and writing intensive.  

Photo taken by Andrew Joseph Pegoda, April 26, 2015, Lake Jackson, Texas

Photo taken by Andrew Joseph Pegoda, April 26, 2015, Lake Jackson, Texas


Finally, Dr. Pegoda is queer/gay, genderqueer, physically disabled, and a survivor of many tumors and four surgeries. He uses these identities, in addition to his experience as an educator and scholar, to further embrace and model diversity and acceptance in the classroom and in professional and public scholarship.

Please enjoy your stay on http://andrewpegoda.com, share links, leave comments, and visit often! Thanks!
Last updated: December 2016


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    • You’ve got a really great blog with many, many interesting posts! 🙂 The Edinburgh program is by distance education (it’s online but we have almost weekly sessions via Skype with the professors and others), so sadly I won’t be physically in Edinburgh, except for hopefully a visit or two at some point, but maybe then! 🙂

      Thanks for your comment. Look forward to reading your blog more and talking to you more soon! 🙂

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  1. Ok.. you are the culture and word guy so I can ask you this. I thought “queer” was a derogatory term yet I am lately seeing this being discussed… by yourself above as well. Again.. more politically correct stuff just to confuse old straight white people. Sorry.. this stuff just gets to me. I don’t want to offend people with specific social identities (especially being white and not having any negative cultural term identity myself that I couldn’t blow off) but the rules are constantly changing. What pisses people off one week is a term of endearment the next week. Grr…

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  2. Um… but isn’t this “reclaiming” derogatory slurs as a way of embracing differences a double standard smokescreen of sorts? I mean, it’s ok to use the word queer like it’s ok for blacks to refer to each other as nigger yet if any straight white folks use it it’s back to being called racist or homophobe? I dunno. Seems it’s all way more complicated than necessary. Interesting the “bitch” article was written back in the 60’s.


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