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Gregory Coles, Ph.D.

Author, editor, and speaker; Contemporary Worship Coordinator, State College Alliance Church, State College, PA


Greg is the author of two books, a handful of academic essays, and a few other tidbits here and there. His work deals with rhetorical theory (especially the linguistic identity construction of nondominant groups), personal narrative, and the intersection of sexuality and Christian faith. When he isn’t writing, he can usually be found cooking, jogging, or leading worship at his church in central Pennsylvania.

  • Books:
    • No Longer Strangers: Finding Belonging in a World of Alienation (InterVarsity Press, forthcoming 2021)
    • Single, Gay, Christian: A Personal Journey of Faith and Sexual Identity (InterVarsity Press, 2017)
  • Peer-Reviewed Articles:
    • “Address at the Rakernas Partai Nasdem.” Forthcoming in Alternative Sources of Rhetorical Traditions, edited by Tarez Samra Graban and Hui Wu, Southern Illinois University Press. 8,500 words.
    • “Gendering the Unsaid and the Unsayable.” Coauthored with Cheryl Glenn. In Qualitative Studies of Silence: The Unsaid as Social Action, edited by Amy Jo Murray and Kevin Durrheim, Cambridge University Press, 2019, pp. 147-164.
    • “‘What Do I Lack as a Woman?’: The Rhetoric of Megawati Sukarnoputri.” Rhetorica: A Journal of the History of Rhetoric, vol. 36, no. 1, 2018, pp. 58-91.
    • “The Exorcism of Language: Reclaimed Derogatory Terms and Their Limits.” College English, vol. 78, no. 5, 2016, pp. 424-446.