Brian Johnston, Ph. D.

Visiting Assistant Professor of Strategic Communication

Brian Johnston

Johnston earned his Ph.D. in Communication from the University of South Florida, and received his Bachelor and Master of Arts in Communication from the University of Arkansas. His areas of specialty include rhetorical and ethnographic approaches to the study of media and culture, strategic communication, and instructional communication.

In 2015, he published an article in the Journal of Communications Media Studies ("Haunted Spaces: An Examination of Alternative Memorialization Practices via Live Performances of U2's 'Sunday, Bloody Sunday'”) where he theorized a new appreciation for memory-making as ephemeral embodiment. He is coauthor of the book, Myth, Fan Culture, and the Popular Appeal of Liminality in the Music of U2: A Love Story (December, 2018), a meditation on the complexity of love and social justice across multiple epochs that intertwines autoethnographic turns highlighting the personal experience most of us have with popular culture. His work also appears in The Routledge International Handbook of Organizational Autoethnography (2020), and the Journal of Autoethnography.

In 2016, Johnston created and implemented an Open Education Resource textbook, Introduction to Public Communication for Indiana State University—a sustainable social justice project that saves students more than $400,000 in annual costs, strengthens academic freedom, and encourages collaborative teaching-learning practices. He has experience teaching a variety of classroom and online courses, including public speaking, professional communication for business, interpersonal communication, persuasion, media criticism, and qualitative research methods.

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