Doug Coulson-Department of English - Carnegie Mellon University

Doug Coulson

Office: BH 245 A
Phone: (412) 268-4857


My scholarship and teaching focuses on legal rhetoric and argumentation, the relationship between legalism and casuistry in forensic discourse, the rhetoric of nationalism and globalization, professional and technical writing, and the history and theory of rhetoric. My current book project explores the rhetorical strategy by which groups unite against common enemies as it appears in a series of judicial cases between 1878 and 1952 deciding whether petitioners for naturalized citizenship in the United States were "free white persons" as required by the United States naturalization act at the time. My scholarship has appeared in the Yale Journal of Law and the Humanities, the Journal for the Association of Legal Writing Directors, and the University of Miami Race and Social Justice Law Review.

Before pursuing the academic study of rhetoric and argumentation, I received my Juris Doctor from Tulane Law School and practiced complex business and commerical litigation as an attorney with the law firm of Kasowitz, Benson, Torres, and Friedman LLP. I remain a licensed attorney in the state of Texas and continue to author upkeep for West's Texas Business Litigation: Forms and Commentary, 5 volumes, and West's Texas Practice Guide: Business and Commerical Litigation, 6 volumes, forms publications designed to aid attorneys in the practice of law.


  • Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin
  • J.D., Tulane Law School
  • M.A., The University of Texas at Austin
  • M.A., Oklahoma City University
  • B.A., Oklahoma City University


Persecutory Agency in the Racial Prerequisite Cases: Islam, Christianity, and
Martyrdom in United States v. Cartozian.
” University of Miami Race and Social
Justice Law Review 2 (2012): 117-88.

Distorted Records in ‘Benito Cereno’ and the Slave Rebellion Tradition.” Yale
Journal of Law and the Humanities 22 (2010): 1-34.

Legal Writing and Disciplinary Knowledge-Building: A Comparative Study.” Journal of the Association of Legal Writing Directors 6 (2009): 160-99.

Note, “‘Toto, I Have a Feeling We’re Not in Kansas Anymore’:  Voest-Alpine Trading USA Corp. v. Bank of China.” Tulane Journal of International and Comparative Law 7 (1999): 431-57.

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