John T Moist

 John Moist

Contact Information

3001 Lincoln Hall, MC-456
702 S Wright Street
Urbana, IL 61801

Office Hours

  • M,T,W, 12:30-1:30, and by appointment
Graduate Student


John Moist is from Altoona, Pennsylvania and graduated a Mercy Presidential Scholar with Honors from Mount Aloysius College with a degree in English. He has worked at The University of Maine at Presque Isle, on radio, and on the stage. He was a graduate student in the Department of Communication at Baylor, taught in the Baylor Interdisciplinary Core, and was an Editorial Intern for Rhetoric and Public Affairs. His research and writing at Illinois focuses on commercialism, rhetoric, and economics. He enjoys film, gadgets, carbonation, audio, and playing Destiny.

Research Interests

  • Rhetoric and Public Discourse

Research Description

My research focuses on rhetoric and economics. In particular, I've written about how citizens negotiate values of work, productivity, and labor in digital spaces. I've also focused on the emergence of the internet as a space for entrepreneurship, the development of digital work culture, and the economics of advanced computing/automated labor. Broadly, I consider questions of rhetoric, class, and economics through the lens of communication.


  • The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Baylor University (2017)
  • Mount Aloysius College (2014)

Distinctions / Awards

  • Wayne Brockriede Graduate Fellow in Communication, The University of Illinois
  • "Most Impactful Educator," Baylor University
  • D.M. Edwards Research Fellow, The Texas Collection at Baylor University
  • Top Paper, National Communication Association, Theater, Film, and New Multi-Media Division, 2016
  • Top Paper, Southern States Communication Association Conference, Popular Communication Division, 2017
  • Top Student Paper, Southern States Communication Association Conference, Rhetoric and Public Address Division, 2017
  • Mount Aloysius College History and Political Science Dept., Student of the Year (2014)
  • Mercy Presidential Scholar of the Year, Mount Aloysius College


  • CMN 111/112