John Tinnell
Associate Professor • CLAS Director of Digital Initiatives

Mailing Address:
Department of English
Campus Box 175 
P.O. Box 173364
Denver, CO 80217-3364


Office Location:
1059 Ninth Street Park, Office 204
Denver, CO 80204

By Appointment                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

About Dr. John Tinnell:

John Tinnell teaches courses on digital culture, histories of writing and technology, multimedia, the sublime, and nonfiction writing. He was recently a Visiting Scholar at Stanford University and holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Florida. His recent book, Actionable Media (Oxford UP, 2018), examines a new wave of digital art and communication emerging with the spread of smartphones, augmented reality, and the Internet of things. His writing on technology, culture, and rhetoric has appeared in the Los Angeles Times and the Boston Review, as well as in scholarly journals such as Computational CultureComputers and Composition, Deleuze Studies, andEnvironmental Communication. He is currently working on a narrative history about the famed technology R&D center Xerox PARC, where a group of researchers in 1990s anticipated much of our current digital landscape and the existential questions it is raising. More details about his writing and teaching can be found on his website:

Areas of Expertise:

Rhetoric; Digital Communication; Media Theory; Writing Studies; Critical Theory; Augmented Reality; Digital Culture