Gale Coskan-Johnson

Faculty of Humanities

Gale Coskan-Johnson


Assistant Professor

Chair, Writing, Rhetoric, and Discourse Studies Program, 

Affiliated Faculty, MA in Social Justice and Equity Studies, 

PhD Composition and Cultural Rhetoric, Syracuse University


Office: GLN 139

Phone: 905-688-5550 x 5001



Research Interests

In my research I explore the rhetorical entanglements of sovereign power and transnational migration. I also examine public and "official" texts that have become widely available to the North American public because of the Freedom of Information Act and the increasing digitalization of such documents. I am interested in the ways that the increasing publicity of such texts influences public discourses of immigration and perceptions of the “foreigner.” My current book project, “(Il)legal, (Ir)regular, (Un)documented: Rhetorics of Sovereignty and Transnational Migration,” examines tensions that emerge in national and international discourses of transnational migration. I welcome undertaking supervisions in any area of rhetorical studies as well as work linked to border studies, transnational migration, transnational feminism, the nation, nationalism, postcolonial studies and empire.  


Selected Academic Publications

Coskan-Johnson (2016). “American Rhetorics of Sovereignty and (Im)mobility in the Age of the Global Flow.” Amerikastudien - American Studies. Vol. 61. Forthcoming.

Coskan-Johnson. “Osama bin Laden and the ‘Illegal’ Mexican Immigrant: the Rhetorics of Death and Dying in the US National Imaginary.” JAC: Journal of Rhetoric, Culture, and Politics. Forthcoming.

Coskan-Johnson. “UN Protection of the Rights of the Transnational Migrant Worker: Rhetorics of Sovereign Power and the ‘Family Man’ Out-of-Place.” Discursive Framings of Human Rights: Framings of Victimhood and Agency Eds. Jonas Ross Kjærgård, Karen-Margrethe Simonson. London: Birkbeck Law Press. Forthcoming.

Coskan-Johnson (2015). “Adnan Farhan Abdul Latif Did Not Go Quietly: Gitmo and a Discourse in Motion.” Enculturation. Avaliable online at:

Coskan-Johnson (2015). “Laughing Alone like a Mad Person: the Mobile Body’s Unmeasurable Response.” Cultural Studies Critical Methodologies. Vol. 15(1): 49-60. Available online at:

Coskan-Johnson (2011). “Troubling Citizenship: Arizona’s SB1070 and the rhetorics of “tough” Immigration Law.” Present Tense: A Journal of Rhetoric and Society. Vol. 2.1. Web.

Coskan-Johnson (2006). “What Writer Would not be an Indian for a While?: Charles Alexander Eastman, Critical Memory, and Audience.” Studies in American Indian Literature. 18.(2): 105-131.

Departmental Events

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February 4, 2016 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm