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Jordan Frith

Jordan Frith

Pearce Professor of Professional Communication

Department of English
Office: Strode 602

PhD Communication, Rhetoric, and Digital Media, North Carolina State University (2012); M.S., Technical Communication, James Madison University (2008); B.A., English, James Madison University (2005)

Curriculum Vitae


Technical Communication, Composition, Mobile media and Infrastructure, Histories of Technology

Research Interests
technical communication, mobile communication, infrastructure studies, writing studies, social media

Jordan Frith (he/him) is the Pearce Professor of Professional Communication at Clemson University. His primary research focuses on technical communication, mobile communication, social media, and communication infrastructures, and he is the author of 5 books and numerous public-facing articles in popular venues such as Slate, Salon, and The Conversation. His work is inherently interdisciplinary, and he has also published 40+ academic articles in a variety of disciplines, including technical communication, communication studies, media studies, and geography. His 2019 book A Billion Little Pieces was published as part of MIT Press’s Infrastructure series, and his newest book—Barcode—was published in November 2023 as part of the highly competitive Object Lessons’ series. In addition to his research, Dr. Frith is the editor-in-chief of the Association of Computing Machinery’s (ACM) Communication Design Quarterly and serves on the executive board of multiple disciplinary organizations. You can learn more about him and access the fulltext of many of his publications on his website.

Multiple article of the year awards from multiple disciplinary organizations


Selected Professional Works

Books (Published)

Frith, J. (2023). Barcode. Object Lesson Series, Bloomsbury Academic.

Evans, L., Frith, J., & Saker, M. (2022). From Microverse to Metaverse. Emerald Publishing.

Frith, J. & Saker, M. (Eds.) (2022). The Changing Face of VR: Pushing the Boundaries of Experience across Multiple Industries. Vernon Press

Frith, J. (2019). A Billion Little Pieces: RFID and Infrastructures of Identification. Cambridge: MIT Press.

Frith, J. (2015). Smartphones as Locative Media. London: Polity Press.

de Souza e Silva, A. & Frith, J. (2012). Mobile Interfaces in Public Spaces: Locational Privacy, Control, and Urban Sociability. New York: Routledge.

de Souza e Silva, A. & Frith, J. (2012). Mobile Interfaces in Public Spaces: Locational Privacy, Control, and Urban Sociability. New York: Routledge.

Journal Articles & Book Chapters (Published)

Frith, J., Campbell, S., & Komen, L. (2023). Looking back to look forward: COVID-19/5G conspiracies and the long history of infrastructural fears. Mobile Media & Communication, 11 (2), 174-192.

Frith, J. (2022). A genealogy of social geomedia: The life, death, and (possible) afterlife of location-based social networks (LBSNs). New Media & Society, 24 (3), 2514-2530.

Itchuaqiyaq, C. & Frith, J. (2022). Citational practices as a site of resistance and radical pedagogy: Positioning the Multiply Marginalized and Underrepresented (MMU) scholar database as an infrastructural intervention. Communication Design Quarterly, 10 (3), 9-20.

Saker, M. & Frith, J. (2022). Contiguous identities: The virtual self in the supposed Metaverse. First Monday. 27 (3).

Frith, J., & Richter, J. (2021). Building participatory counternarratives: Pedagogical interventions through digital placemaking. Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies. 27 (3), 696-710.

Frith, J. (2020). Technical standards and a theory of writing as infrastructure. Written Communication, 37 (3), 401-427.

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