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Dr. Ian Barnard

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Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences; Department of English
University Honors Program, First-year Foundations Program
San Diego State University, Master of Arts
University of California, San Diego, Ph.D.


I am Professor of Rhetoric and Composition in the English Department at Chapman University; I also direct Chapman's LGBTQ Studies Program and am affiliated with the University Honors Program. I grew up in Johannesburg, South Africa, where I completed my B.A. and B.A. Honours degrees at the University of the Witwatersrand. I earned my M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in the US, at San Diego State University and the University of California, San Diego, respectively. Now I live in downtown Los Angeles, one of the most wonderfully cosmopolitan cities in the world!

My primary areas of research and teaching are rhetoric and composition, and queer studies; in addition, I have interests in critical theory, film, feminist theory, cultural studies, critical race studies, and African literature. I'm the author of three books: Queer Race: Cultural Interventions in the Racial Politics of Queer Theory; Upsetting Composition Commonplaces; and Sex Panic Rhetorics, Queer Interventions. Prior to coming to Chapman, I was Professor of English at California State University, Northridge, where I taught for ten years, serving for two of those years as Chair of the University Writing Council. I have also previously held positions at USC, California State University Chico, and The Ohio State University.

For my current office hours and a complete list of my publications, as well as syllabi for courses I have taught at Chapman, please visit my website.

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