- B.A., Communication, University of Arizona
- B.A., English | Literature , Arizona State University
- B.A.E, English | Education, Arizona State University
- M.A., English | Writing Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
- Ph.D., English | Writing Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Project: “Listening to the Lomax Archive: The Sonic Rhetorics of American Vernacular Music in the 1930s”
Jon studies rhetoric within and across its historical, cultural, and vernacular contexts. His current research is focused on the sonic rhetorics of American vernacular music in the 1930s. His NEH supported book project, "Listening to the Lomax Archive,” investigates the careers of John A. Lomax and his son Alan during the Great Depression with focus on field recordings made for and stored by the Library of Congress's Folklife Archive. Generally, Jon is interested in the mythologies that surround the notion of technological advance; particularly as such narratives reveal the tensions and rhetorics at the intersection of “traditional” and “progressive” ways of thinking and being.