Soha Youssef, PhD

Associate Professor of Writing and Rhetoric



4201 Henry Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19144

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Soha Youssef, PhD

Associate Professor of Writing and Rhetoric

Focus Areas

Critical Pedagogy, Assessment, Rhetorical Grammar, Writing about Writing, Transfer Theory, Meaning Negotiation


PhD, English, Rhetoric and Writing, Bowling Green State University (2018) 
MA, English, Composition and Rhetoric, Eastern Illinois University (2014) 
MA, English, TESL and Linguistics, Oklahoma State University (2011)

Peer-Reviewed Publications

  • Soha Youssef. “International Teaching Assistants’ (ITAs) Needs and Undergraduate English-Speaking Students’ (NESSs) Expectations: Meaning Negotiation as a Rhetorical Strategy.” In Threshold Conscripts: Rhetoric and Composition TAships. Eds. William J. Macauley, Jr., Leslie R. Anglesey, Brady Edwards, Kathryn Lambrecht, and Phillip Lovas. Perspectives on Writing seriesWAC Clearinghouse (Spring 2023). pp. 239-266. DOI:
  • Soha Youssef. “Self-Reflexivity is/as Resistance.” In Recollections from an Uncommon Time: 4C20 Documentarian Tales, Studies in Writing & Rhetoric (SWR) Series, CCCC/NCTE. Eds. Julie Lindquist, Bump Halbritter, and Bree Straayer-Gannon. pp. 177-184. 
  • Yavanna Brownlee, Eunjeong Lee, Ana Milena Ribero, Shawna Shapiro, Soha Youssef. CCCC position statement on language, power, and action. (Spring 2023)
  • Soha Youssef. “Sett bmit ragel ‘A Woman as Good as 100 Men:’ An Arab Woman’s Narratives on Discrimination in and outside Academia.” In Degrees of Difference: Reflections of Women of Color on Graduate School. Eds. Kimberly McKee and Denise Delgado. University of Illinois Press. (Spring 2020). pp. 36-51. 
  • Caleb James, Lee Nickoson, Adam Sprague, and Soha Youssef. “Whereing Identities: Teaching Writing as Community-based Practice.” Ohio Journal of English Language Arts. (Fall/Winter 2016). 56(2)
  • Soha Youssef. “Timeline JS Review.” Computers and Composition Online. (Fall 2015): online.

Other Publications


Translation Studies, American University in Cairo, 2006


  • Thomas Jefferson University Award for Outstanding Teaching (Fall 2021)
  • Nominated for the Excellence in Teaching Award at the college level (Spring 2021)
  • Dissertation Research Fellowship ($14,000), 2017
  • Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies (WGSS) Essay Contest (First place $125), 2017
  • Nominated by the English Department for Graduate Student Teaching Award, 2015
  • CCCC PEP Grant ($315), 2014
  • Distinguished International Student Award, Eastern Illinois University, April 2014

Research Interest

Youssef’s research interests center around locating intersections between rhetoric and TESOL. More specifically, she is passionate about rhetorically preparing graduate and undergraduate English language learners in a way that eases their transition to the North American academy. She further examines the effectiveness of such rhetorical preparation in informing students’ growth as writers.