Nathaniel Rivers earned his Ph.D. in English from Purdue University in 2009. His area of concentration is rhetoric and composition with specialties in technical and professional communication, new media, and public rhetoric. He was previously an Assistant Professor of English at Georgetown University.
Ph.D. in English, Purdue University, 2009
M.A. in English, Purdue University, 2005
B.A. in English and Psychology, University of Southern Indiana, 2003
Dr. Rivers is currently at work on several integrated research projects, which all converge around the element of decided-ness in human nature. Rhetoric, with its emphasis on the timely and the contingent (a resonant emphasis in much contemporary science), challenges the tendency to treat as "natural" things like human development, cognitive function, and physical ability, which could be otherwise. Dr. Rivers is likewise at work on a project in environmental rhetoric. He recently gave a short talk on this presentation, which can be heard below.
Dr. Rivers teaches courses in first-year writing, professional and technical communication, new media, and rhetorical theory. He was recently awarded an Innovative Teaching Fellowship from The Reinert Center for Teaching Excellence to develop a New Media Science Writing course to be taught in Fall 2012.
"Rhetorics of (Non)Symbolic Cultivation." In Ecology, Writing Theory, and New Media: Writing Ecology. Ed. Sid Dobrin. New York: Routledge, 2012. 34-50. Routledge Series in Rhetoric and Communication.
"Ecological, Pedagogical Public Rhetoric." Co-authored with Ryan Weber. College Composition and Communication 63.2 (2011): 187-218 [lead article].
Literature as Equipment for Living: The Literary Reviews of Kenneth Burke. Co-edited with Ryan Weber. West Lafayette, IN: Parlor Press, 2010.
"Future Convergences: Technical Communication as Cognitive Science." Technical Communication Quarterly 20.4 (2011): 412-442. Special 20th Anniversary Issue.
"Productive Strife: Andy Clark's Cognitive Science and Rhetorical Agonism." Co-authored with Jeremy Tirrell. Janus Head 12.1 (2011): 39-59.
"In Defense of Gut Feelings: Rhetorics of Decision-Making." Present Tense: A Journal of Rhetoric in Society 1.2 (2011).
"First-Year Composition Takes the University's Agonism Online." Kairos 13.2 (2009): Praxis Section. (Co-authored with Marc C. Santos and Ryan P. Weber).
"Some Assembly Required: The Latourian Collective and the Banal Work of Technical and Professional Communication." Journal of Technical Writing and Communication 38.3 (2008): 189-206 [lead article]. Nominated for a NCTE Scientific and Technical Communication Award.
More information about Dr. Rivers's research and teaching can be found online at www.nathanielrivers.com