Dr. Ian Barnard

Dr. Ian Barnard (they/them/their)

Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences; Department of English
Office Location: 428 N. Glassell, 104
Phone: (714) 516-5775
Scholarly Works:
Digital Commons
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 am also 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, winner of the 2021 Lavender Rhetorics Book Award for Excellence in Queer Scholarship from the Conference on College Composition and Communication. 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.

Recent Creative, Scholarly Work and Publications

Barnard, Ian. “The (Further) Erosion of Student-Centered Pedagogy: Pandemic Lessons.” _Literacy and Learning in Times of Crisis: Emergent Teaching Through Emergencies_, edited by Sara P. Alvarez, Yana Kuchirko, Mark McBeth, Meghmala Tarafdar, and Missy Watson, Peter Lang, 2022, pp. 53-73.
Barnard, Ian. "Sexual Assaults, Queer Panics: Gemma Watts and Reynhard Sinaga." _The Routledge Handbook of Queer Rhetoric_, edited by Jacqueline Rhodes and Jonathan Alexander, Routledge, 2022, pp. 311-18.
Barnard, Ian. _Sex Panic Rhetorics, Queer Interventions._ U of Alabama P, 2020.
Barnard, Ian. "Incest Rhetorics and Queerphobic Sex Panics." _Imagined Borders/Lived Ambiguity: Intersections of Repression and Resistance_, edited by B. Garrick Harden, Lexington Books, 2019, pp. 63-82.
Barnard, Ian. "Pluralism." _Bloomsbury Handbook of Literary and Cultural Theory_, edited by Jeffrey R. Di Leo, Bloomsbury Academic, 2018, pp. 624-25.
Barnard, Ian. "Queer: Good Gay, Bad Gay, Black Gay, White Gay?" Invited contribution to forum on Kevin Spacey. _QED: A Journal in GLBTQ Worldmaking_, vol. 5, no. 2, 2018, pp. 105-11.
Barnard, Ian. “Rhetorical Commonsense and Child Molester Panic--A Queer Intervention.” _Rhetoric Society Quarterly_, vol. 47, no. 1, 2017, pp. 3-25.
Barnard, Ian, and Jan Osborn. “Epistemology Shock: English Professors Confront Science.” _The College English Association Forum_, vol. 46, no. 1, 2017, pp. 71-92.
Barnard, Ian. “The Fluidity of Facts.” Invited contribution to _Anastamos_, no. 2, Fall 2017.
Barnard, Ian. “Sex Trafficking Rhetorics/Queer Refusal.” _Sexual Rhetorics: Methods, Identities, Publics_, edited by Jonathan Alexander and Jacqueline Rhodes, Routledge, 2016, pp. 203-16.
Barnard, Ian. “’I Can’t Relate’: Refusing Identification Demands in Teaching and Learning.” _The College English Association Forum_, vol. 45, no.1, 2016, pp. 51-77.
Collier, Shartriya M., Suzanne Scheld, Ian Barnard, and Jackie Stallcup. “The Negotiation and Development of Writing Teacher Identities in Elementary Education.” _Teaching/Writing: The Journal of Writing Teacher Education_, vol. 4, no. 2, 2015, pp. 90-112.
Barnard, Ian. “Queer’s Final Frontier?” Invited forum contribution for “Queer and Now” special issue of _The Writing Instructor: A Networked Journal and Digital Community for Writers and Teachers of Writing_, March 2015.
Barnard, Ian. _Upsetting Composition Commonplaces_. Utah State UP, 2014.
Barnard, Ian, et al., editors. _Journal of Technology and Persons with Disabilities_, no. 1, June 2014.
Collier, Shartriya, Brian Foley, David Moguel, and Ian Barnard. "Write for Your Life: Developing Digital Literacies and Writing Pedagogy in Teacher Education." _Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education_, vol. 13, no. 3, 2013.
Barnard, Ian. "Queer Writing." _College Composition and Communication Online_, vol. 1, no. 1, Jan. 2012.
Barnard, Ian. "Authorial Intent in the Composition Classroom." _Composition Forum_, no. 24, Fall 2011.