Brendan Gaughen is originally from southern California. He received a B.A. in communications/media studies in 2003 from Azusa Pacific University, and a M.A. in American studies in 2009 from Cal State Fullerton, after which he moved to Austin to join UT's American studies Ph.D. program.
He was an assistant instructor in the Department of Rhetoric and Writing for three years and has spent a total of fourteen semesters working as a writing tutor, eight of those exclusively with student athletes. Before that he was a security guard at an art museum and prior to that worked as an office manager (and occasional long-distance driver) for a vehicle relocation company.
In April 2016, Brendan defended his dissertation, "Practices of Place: Ordinary Mobilities and Everyday Technology," which examines the relationships between place, mobility, and technology, drawing together a number of seemingly disparate things such as a club for people who attempt to visit every county in the United States, boxcar graffiti, historic highway travelers, GPS technology, and ankle-worn punitive monitoring devices. He is currently teaching a section of the Introduction to American Studies lecture and a seminar in the Radio-TV-Film department, Technological Culture.