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John Logie

Associate Profesor of Rhetoric, Department of Writing Studies
Director of Graduate Studies, Master of Liberal Studies Program, College of Continuing Education

John Logie joined the rhetoric faculty of the University of Minnesota in 1999, having received his PhD in English in that year from Pennsylvania State University. Along with many of his Department of Rhetoric colleagues, he is now a member of the Department of Writing Studies, housed in the College of Liberal Arts.

Logie's research is focused on the first rhetorical canon, Invention, and involves investigations of rhetorical and literary treatments of authorship and intellectual property. He has a particular interest in Internet-related issues, having published Peers, Pirates, and Persuasion: The Rhetoric of the Peer-to-Peer Debates. His scholarship has also been published in First Monday, Computers and Composition, KBJournal, Rhetoric Review, Rhetoric Society Quarterly, and a number of edited volumes.

He is currently working on a book-length project on the impact of digital media on our understanding of written composition — and composition more generally.

Research Description

I'm completing a multi-year NSF-funded study of online question and answer sites along with my co-PI Joe Konstan and a team of graduate students. I remain interested in Q&A sites as research sites, though my current writing project is pulling me in the direction of composition and invention strategies developed within social media sites, and collaboration via eBooks platforms.

Related Publications

“Asked and Answered: On Qualities and Quantities of Answers in Online Q&A Sites” (co-authored with Joseph Weinberg, F. Maxwell Harper, Joseph A. Konstan) Proceedings of the Fifth International AAAI Conference on Weblogs and Social Media (2011). Available at:

“Question types in social Q&A sites” (co authored with F. Maxwell Harper, Joseph Weinberg, and Joseph A. Konstan) First Monday, 15 (2010). Available at:

“A Copyright Cold War? The Polarized Rhetoric of the Peer-to-Peer Debates” First Monday, 8 (2003). Available at:

“Cut and Paste: Remixing Composition Pedagogy for Online Workspaces.” in Internet Based Workplace Communication: Industry and Academic Perspectives. Kirk St. Amant and Pavel Zemliansky, eds. Hershey, PA: Idea Group Inc., 2005. 299-316 (Invited chapter).

“Parsing Codes: Intellectual Property, Technical Communication, and the World Wide Web,” in TechWeb: Technical Communication in the New Millennium, Michael Day and Carol Lipson, eds., Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum, 2005. 223-41 (Invited chapter).