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About Nathan R. Johnson

Nathan R. Johnson is an Assistant Professor of Rhetoric in the Rhetoric and Composition program at USF. He conducts research in the areas of rhetoric theory, memory, and infrastructure, and he examines how space and time change the qualities of human communication. He teaches graduate courses on rhetorical theory and history, science and technology studies, and memory.

Johnson is a recipient of the Rhetoric Society of America’s Fellows’ Early Career Award, the 2018 Alice G. Smith Lecturer, winner of the National Communication Association’s Distinguished Book Chapter Award for Philosophy of Communication, and nationally recognized for his contribution to the award-winning book Rhetoric and the Digital Humanities. He has been distinguished as one of the University of South Florida’s Outstanding Undergraduate Teachers. Johnson has published in Rhetoric Society Quarterly, enculturation: a Journal of Rhetoric, Writing, and Culture, and the Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology, among numerous other venues. His book Architects of Memory was published by the University of Alabama Press in 2020.


Present Assistant Professor, University of South Florida

Curriculum Vitae



2016 - Present Sparks! Ignition Grants for Librarys
Institute for Museum and Library Services - SP-02-16-0036-16
Role: PI
Colleague(s): James Andrews
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Professional Service and Affiliations

2015 - Present Secretary, Association for the Rhetoric of Science, Technology, and Medicine
2015 - Present Member, Rhetoric Society of America
2009 - Present Member, National Communication Association
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Honors and Awards

  • 2018, Rhetoric Society of America Fellows' Early Career Award
  • 2018, NCA Philosophy of Communication Distinguished Book Chapter Award
  • 2017, University of South Florida Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award
  • 2016, Computers and Composition Distinguished Book Award, Rhetoric and the Digital Humanities (Eds. J. Ridolfo & W. Hart-Davidson), Chapter Contributor
  • 2011, Sponsorship, NSF/Research Institute for the Science of Socio-Technical Systems
  • 2010, Linda Richardson Memorial Award, University of Wisconsin—Madison
  • 2010, Communication Graduate Travel Grant, University of Washington
  • 2009, Dept. of Communication Graduate Research Grant, University of Washington
  • 2009, Top Scholar Fellowship, University of Washington
  • 2009, Graduate Research Travel Grant, Holtz Center for Science & Technology
  • 2008, Robert N. Gaines Scholarship, Society for the History of Rhetoric
  • 2006, Krikelas Award for Innovative Use of Technology, University of Wisconsin—Madison


  • Digital Rhetorics
  • Professional Communication
  • Grant Writing
  • Infrastructural Studies
  • Research Methodology
  • Public Memory
  • Public Rhetorics
  • Histories of Rhetoric
  • Visual Rhetoric
  • New Media, Rhetoric, and Technology


2011 Ph.D., University of Wisconsin - Madison ‐ Information School
2011 M.A., University of Washington - Seattle Campus ‐ Communication
2006 M.A., University of Wisconsin - Madison ‐ Information School
2004 B.S., Minnesota State University Moorhead

Contact Information

Nathan R. Johnson
Assistant Professor
Department of English, College of Arts and Sciences
University of South Florida
pronouns: he, him, his


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