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I am an Assistant Professor affiliated with the Rhetoric and Composition Program in the Department of English at the University of South Florida.* My research focuses on how memory is made durable in material infrastructures. I teach courses on rhetorical theory, science and technology studies, and rhetorical history.

Book cover for Architects of Memory by Nathan R. Johnson

My 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.

I am 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. My 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.