E. Johanna Hartelius, PhD

1428 Cathedral of Learning
Office hours: TBA


PhD, University of Texas


Assistant Professor

Johanna Hartelius’s research is in the areas rhetorical theory and criticism with an emphasis on expertise, public memory, and digital rhetoric. She studies the cultural and political implications of experts’ and laypersons’ rhetorical constructions of knowledge and experience, particularly as these constitute points of entry into public discourse, traditional and virtual. She is currently developing a book on experts and the digital commons.


  • Author: E. Johanna Hartelius, PhD
  • Author: E. Johanna Hartelius, PhD

Hartelius, E. Johanna. “‘Remember-Signs’: Concentration Camp Souvenirs and the Mediation of Trauma.” Culture, Theory and Critique 54 (2013): 1-18.

“Models of Signification and Pedagogy in J. L. Austin, John Searle, and Jacques Derrida.” Review of Communication 13 (2013): 23-47.

“Revisiting Vico’s Pedagogy of Invention: The Intellectual Entrepreneurship Pre-Graduate School Internship.” Quarterly Journal of Speech 98 (2012): 153-177.

“‘Leave a Message of Hope or Tribute’: Digital Memorializing as Public Deliberation.” Argumentation and Advocacy 47 (2010): 67-85.

“Wikipedia and the Emergence of Dialogic Expertise.” Southern Communication Journal 75 (2010): 505-526.

Hartelius, E. Johanna, and Jennifer Asenas. “Citational Epideixis and a ‘Thinking of Community’: The Case of the Minuteman Project.” Rhetoric Society Quarterly 40 (2010): 360-384.

Hartelius, E. Johanna, and Larry D. Browning. “The Application of Rhetorical Theory in Managerial Research: A Literature Review.” Management Communication Quarterly 22 (2008): 13-39.

Hartelius, E. Johanna. “Of What Use is a Gold Key?’ Unlocking Discourses in Rhetorical Pedagogy.” Rhetoric Society Quarterly 36 (2006): 1-22.

Hartelius, E. Johanna. “Preview: Rhetorics of Expertise.” Guest editor’s introduction to special issue on the rhetoric of expertise. Social Epistemology 25 (2011): 211-216.

Hartelius, E. Johanna, and Richard A. Cherwitz. “The Dorothy Doctrine of Engaged Scholarship: The Rhetorical Discipline ‘Had It All Along.’” Quarterly Journal of Speech 96 (2010): 435-441.

Hart, Roderick. P., and E. Johanna Hartelius. “The Political Sins of Jon Stewart.” Critical Studies in Media Communication 24 (2007): 263-272.

Courses Taught


  • Rhetorical Process (COMMRC 0310)
  • Rhetoric & Culture (COMMRC 1103)
  • Political Communication (COMMRC 1104)
  • Freedom of Speech (COMMRC 1114)
  • Communication Ethics (COMMRC 1161)


  • Argumentation and Debate (COMMRC 2014)
  • Rhetorical Criticism (COMMRC 2201)
  • Classical Rhetorical Theory (COMMRC 3317)


  • Speechmaking and Society
  • Interviewing Principles and Practices