Gale Coskan-Johnson

Faculty of Humanities

Gale Coskan-Johnson

English Language and Literature

Assistant Professor of Writing and Rhetoric

Director of Writing, Rhetoric, and Discourse Studies Program (WRDS)
Affiliated Faculty, MA in Social Justice and Equity Studies (SJES)

PhD Composition and Cultural Rhetoric, Syracuse University
MA TESOL, Northern Arizona University
BA History, University of Wisconsin-Madison

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Research Interests

My research explores the rhetorical entanglements of sovereign power, popular sovereignty, and transnational migration. I examine online public texts as well as institutional and state-based texts that have become widely available to the 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

“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.

“Adnan Farhan Abdul Latif Did Not Go Quietly: Gitmo and a Discourse in Motion.” Enculturation: A Journal of Rhetoric, Writing, and Culture. Forthcoming.

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

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

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

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

“What Writer Would not be an Indian for a While?: Charles Alexander Eastman, Critical Memory, and Audience.” Studies in American Indian Literature.  18.2 2006. 105 – 131.

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