Faculty Biographies

Nathan Johnson

Nathan Johnson

Associate Professor


Office: CPR 384
Phone: 813-974-9542



Dr. Nathan R. Johnson is an Associate Professor of Rhetoric at the University of South Florida. He conducts research and teaches in the areas of science and technology studies, rhetorical theory and history, and infrastructural studies. His first book, Architects of Memory: Information and Rhetoric in a Networked Archival Age, details turning points during the 20th century when mnemonic logics were built into modern information technologies. Architects of Memory was honored with the 2022 NCA Philosophy of Communication Division’s Distinguished Book Award. The Association for the Rhetoric of Science, Technology, and Medicine recognized it as an honorable mention for their 2021 Book Award. His research has appeared in Rhetoric Society Quarterly, Review of Communication, enculturation, Poroi, the Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology, and numerous other venues.

Johnson has been recognized with the Rhetoric Society of America’s Fellows’ Early Career Award and as the 2018 Alice G. Smith Lecturer, which honors a scholar or author whose achievements have been instrumental in the development of librarianship or information studies. He has won the National Communication Association’s Distinguished Book Chapter Award for Philosophy of Communication, American Society for Engineering Education’s Committee on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Award for Best Diversity, Equity, And Inclusion Paper, and American Society for Engineering Education’s Education Research and Methods Division Award for Best Diversity Paper.

Prospective Students

Dr. Johnson teaches graduate courses in public rhetorics, rhetorical theory/history, research methods, and science and technology studies. He holds affiliate appointments with the Department of Communication and the School of Information, and he has served on thesis and dissertation committees in the Department of English, the Department of Communication, and the Department of History, both locally and nationally at other universities.


PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Research areas

Science and Technology Studies; Rhetorical Theory/History; Infrastructural Studies