Gideon Burton

FORCE11 Member since February 26, 2015
  • Organization/Institution: Brigham Young University

Help support the FORCE11 community with a donation membership. Click here to learn more.


I focus on digital innovations in teaching and scholarship, with a focus on emerging scholarly formats and the new media. I come at this from a background in the history of rhetoric and intellectula history. For many years I've been involved in advocating open access scholarship across disciplines and in exploring the historical and theoretical underpinnings of digital culture and learned communication. I am a pioneer in the digital humanities, with an online resource approaching its 20th anniversary and logging 100 years of visitor time (Silva Rhetoricae: The Forest of Rhetoric - I've explored many issues relevant to this community in my blog, Academic Evolution. To get a taste of my work, read "The Open Scholar" or my series of posts, "Scholarly Communications Must Transform."

A native of Salt Lake City, Utah, I have taught at the University of Southern California and since 1994 at Brigham Young University. I've lived in Quebec, Los Angeles, and Utah, and have spent time in London and India for research and teaching. I have a PhD in Rhetoric, Linguistics, and Literature from the University of Southern California.