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David Coogan

Associate Professor
(804) 827 8330
Hibbs Hall 417


BA College of Wooster
MA, PhD SUNY/Albany

Research/Teaching Focus

Rhetorical theory and criticism, prison literature, service learning, and composition


Edited. Writing Our Way Out: Memoirs from Jail. Richmond VA: Brandylane Publishers, 2015.

Ed. with John Ackerman.  The Public Work of  RhetoricCitizen Scholars and Community Engagement.  Columbia: U of South Carolina P, 2010.

Electronic Writing Centers: Computing the Field of Composition. Norwood, NJ: Ablex Publishing Corporation, 1999.

Recent/Selected Publications

“Public Life Through a Prison-University Partnership.” Public: A Journal of Imagining America< (May 2015).

“Cultivating Agency: A Classroom Sanctuary for Prisoners and College Students.  Community Literacy Journal (Fall 9.1, 2014).

“Autobiography as Inquiry: Crafting an Ethical Code in Jail.” Working for Justice: A Handbook of Prison Education and Activism.  Edited by Stephen Hartnett, Jennifer Kay Woodward, and Eleanor Novek (University of Illinois Press, 2013).

Faculty photo by Patrick Scott Vickers – 2014

Upcoming Deadlines

Department Orientation Sessions
AUGUST 15, 2019

Classes Begin
AUGUST 20, 2019

Add/Drop Deadline
AUGUST 26, 2019

Graduation Application Deadline

Fall Reading Day
OCTOBER 10, 2019

Course Withdrawal Deadline
NOVEMBER 1, 2019

Last Day of Classes
DECEMBER 9, 2019

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British Virginia is a VCU-hosted series of scholarly editions of documents touching on the colony. These texts range from the 16th and 17th-century literature of English exploration to the 19th-century writing of loyalists and other Virginians who continued to identify with Great Britain. Editions appear principally in digital form, freely downloadable. 

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