Jonathan Balzotti

Jonathan M. Balzotti, Assistant Professor of English at BYU, scholarly work explores some of the visual and material aspects of classical antiquity, and one of his principle interests lies in the force of oversized objects to inspire admiration in the spectator.

His current research project is a book about the rhetoric of speaking loudly in contemporary dialects, concentrating on interrelations among visual practice, ritual, and politics. The other main focus of his work is on the impact of new and emerging technologies in computer-aided design and the construction of web-based learning environments, particularly simulated visual environments and various learning management systems. His research in this area centers on interface design such as augmented reality (AR), simulated pedagogy, and the potential value of play and application of game design to create new forms of writing instruction and learning.