I am Assistant Director of the Critical Writing Program at University of Pennsylvania and Ph.D. in Rhetorics, Communication, and Information Design. My research explores rhetorical dynamics among criticism, information, and art associated with aesthetic, technological, and theoretical innovations. In addition to writing, my teaching experience includes technical communication, science writing, history of infotech, new media theory, document design, and video production. Recent activity below. Drop me a line: matthewjosborn[at]gmail[dot]com.

Conference of The Rhetoric Society of America: San Antonio


Presentation: “Liminal Aesthetics in Electronic Dance Music.”

Update: I’ve submitted a multimodal manuscript born out of the presentation to an online journal capable of handling audio citations. The piece is “about” the idiosyncratic textures and timbres in electronic music known as “dubstep,” which is presented as a modality through and during which to perform academic thinking about music. Hear some clips from the genre below:

Kill the Noise, “Talk to Me” (OWSLA, 2011)


Datsik, “Hydraulic” (Rottun Recordings, 2011)