Gavin Johnson

PhD Student


Gavin Johnson is a PhD student in Rhetoric, Composition and Literacy, and his research examines the intersections between digital media, rhetorical invention, composition pedagogy and queer rhetorics and literacies. He currently holds appointments as a graduate administrative associate for the Rhetoric, Composition and Literacy Studies Program and a graduate teaching associate.

He is currently working on multiple research projects including a chapter tentatively titled "Grades as a Technology of Surveillance: Normalization, Big Data and the Teaching of Writing" and an ongoing collaborative project examining the Literacy Narratives of Black Columbus course.

Johnson has presented his research at the Conference of College Composition and Communication (4Cs), Computers and Writing Conference (#cwcon), Feminisms and Rhetorics (FemRhet), the Conference on Community Writing, Cultural Rhetorics Conference, the Conference of Writing Program Administrators (CWPA) and the Popular Culture Association in the South and American Culture Association in the South (PCAS/ACAS) Conference. He participated in the 2017 Rhetoric Society of America Institute in a seminar on Queer Archival Methodologies.

He is the winner of the 2017 CCCC Gloria Anzaldúa Rhetorician Award, a competitive national award presented by the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) to scholars "whose work participates in the making of meaning out of sexual and gender minority experiences."

Areas of Expertise
  • Rhetoric, composition and literacy
  • Digital media studies
  • Queer rhetorics
  • Writing program administration
  • Sexuality studies
  • critical pedagogies
  • GIS, Sexuality Studies, The Ohio State University, 2016
  • MA, English: Rhetoric and Composition, North Carolina State University, 2015
  • BA, English, Nicholls State University, 2013

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513 Denney Hall
Columbus campus