Gale Coskan-Johnson

Gale Coskan-Johnson

Assistant Professor of Writing and Rhetoric, Director of Writing, Rhetoric, and Discourse Studies Program, Affiliated Faculty, MA in Social Justice and Equity Studies,  

PhD Composition and Cultural Rhetoric, Syracuse University

Office: GLN 133
Phone: 905. 688.5550 x 5001

Research Interests

In my research I explore the rhetorical entanglements of sovereign power and transnational migration. I examine public texts and "official" 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. 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 that links to borders, transnational migration, transnational feminism, the nation, nationalism, postcolonial studies and empire.  


Selected Academic Publications

“Adnan Farhan Abdul Latif Did Not Go Quietly: Gitmo and a Discourse in Motion.”  Enculturation. Forthcoming.

“Osama bin Laden and the ‘Illegal’ Mexican Immigrant: the Rhetorics of Death and Dying in the US National Imaginary.” JAC. Forthcoming.  

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