Jeremy D. Johnson

Assistant Professor of Rhetoric

Director of Debate

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What I do

I'm a scholar of rhetoric and argumentation. I primarily study digital rhetoric, focusing on social media sites and video games. My most recent work is on my book, currently titled Algorithmic Worldmaking, which connects ancient Greek theory with algorithmic arrangement and ordering.
I'm the Director of Debate at DU and I have a long history of participating in speech and debate events.
In the classroom, I've taught courses including Public Speaking, Persuasion and Propaganda, First-Year Writing, Communication Technologies, and Theorizing Communication.


Rhetoric, argumentation, Debate, digital technologies, algorithms, social media, public memory

Professional Biography

I've lived across the United States, but I consider Colorado my home, having spent much of my childhood in Colorado Springs. I went to college in Ripon, Wisconsin (Ripon College) and graduate school in State College, Pennsylvania (Penn State University). I've since worked at University of the Pacific in Stockton, California as well as the University of California, Berkeley. In my free time, I play video games and board games, hike and bike, brew beer, and enjoy time with my wife and dogs.


  • Ph.D., Communication Arts & Sciences, Penn State University, 2018
  • MA, Communication Arts & Sciences, Penn State University, 2014
  • BA, Communication; Politics & Government, Ripon College, 2012