Faculty Biographies

Nathan Johnson

Nathan Johnson

Associate Professor


Office: CPR 384
Phone: 813-974-9542
Email: nathanjohnson@usf.edu



Nathan R. Johnson is Associate Professor of Rhetoric. His research focuses on the history of information infrastructures, public rhetorics, and rhetorical theory. He teaches courses on rhetorical theory, science and technology studies, and rhetorical history.

Johnson's first book, Architects of Memory, identifies key turning points during the 20th century when mnemonic concepts were built into new information technologies and modern memory infrastructures took hold. My book makes a case for the significance of rhetoric’s art of memory for developing long-term information infrastructures. The Association for the Rhetoric of Science, Technology, and Medicine recognized Architects of Memory as an honorable mention for their 2021 Book Award.

Johnson is a recipient of the Rhetoric Society of America’s Fellows’ Early Career Award, the 2018 Alice G. Smith Lecturer, and a winner of the National Communication Association’s Distinguished Book Chapter Award for Philosophy of Communication. He has been honored as one of USF’s Outstanding Undergraduate Teachers and recognized by the American Society for Engineering Education for his co-authored scholarship on diversity and inclusion. His work has appeared in Rhetoric Society Quarterly, enculturation: a Journal of Rhetoric, Writing, and Culture, Poroi, and the Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology, among numerous other venues.


PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison


Public Rhetorics; Rhetorical Theory; Memory; Science and Technology Studies