Education & Teaching

︎ Academic CV
︎ Dissertation

John Nyman is currently a Juris Doctor (JD ’26) candidate at Osgoode Hall Law School. Read more about his legal work on LinkedIn.

In 2018, John completed a PhD at Western University’s Centre for the Study of Theory and Criticism. His dissertation, titled “Double/Cross: Erasure in Theory and Poetry,” explores the use of overt textual erasure in literary and philosophical writing, particularly Jacques Derrida’s “writing under erasure” and contemporary erasure poetry. Some of John’s other research interests include visual and conceptual poetry, aesthetic theory, and phenomenology.

John is also an experienced postsecondary and adult educator. From 2019 to 2023, he taught as a sessional lecturer and writing instructor with the Engineering Communication Program (ECP) and Troost Institute for Leadership Education in Engineering (ILead) at the University of Toronto. He has also facilitated literary arts courses at Workman Arts, a multidisciplinary arts organization for artists with lived experience of mental health and addiction.

As both a scholar and a teacher, John is deeply informed by the values of critical thinking, creativity, and communication. Incorporating a range of methodologies from textual analysis to mentoring and coaching, he strives to elevate the unique means by which readers, writers, and speakers of diverse backgrounds engage in communication and thought.