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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

Classes Begin
JANUARY 14, 2019

Add/Drop Deadline
JANUARY 20, 2019

Graduation Application Deadline
JANUARY 25, 2019

Spring Break
MARCH 3-10, 2019

Course Withdrawal Deadline
MARCH 22, 2019

Last Day of Classes
MAY 3, 2019



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