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Natasha Jones

Associate Professor; Graduate Faculty
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Email: jonesn30@msu.edu
Skype: Natasha.jones425

Research Areas

Social Justice, Inclusion, Narrative, Technical Communication 

Profile

Natasha N. Jones is a technical communication scholar and a co-author of the book Technical Communication after the Social Justice Turn: Building Coalitions for Action (2019). Her research interests include activism, social justice, narrative, and technical communication pedagogy. Her work has been published in a number of journals including, Technical Communication Quarterly, the Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, the Journal of Business and Technical Communication, and Rhetoric, Professional Communication, and Globalization. She has received national recognition for her work and has been awarded the CCCC Best Article in Technical and Scientific Communication (2014 and 2018) and the Nell Ann Pickett Award for best article (2017). She currently serves as the Vice President for the Association of Teachers of Technical Writing (ATTW) and the chair for the Council for Programs in Technical and Scientific Communication (CPTSC) Diversity Committee. She loves dogs and has two geriatric chihuahua mixes, Rosie and Daisy, that fondly refers to as her mutt-butts.

Education

BA in Print Journalism, Georgia State University

MA in Technical and Professional Communication, Auburn University

PhD in Technical Communication, University of Washington

Representative Work

Walton, R. Moore, K. & Jones, N. (2019) Technical communication after the social justice turn: Building coalitions for action. Routledge: New York, NY.

Jones, N. & Williams, M. F. (2018). Technologies of disenfranchisement: Literacy tests and Black votes in the U.S. from 1890-1965. IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication, 64(4), 371-386.

Jones, N. (2017). Rhetorical narratives of black entrepreneurs: The business of race, agency, and cultural empowerment. Journal of Business and Technical Communication, 31(3), 319-349. (Included in the 2018 CCCC Best Original Collection of Essays in Technical and Scientific Communication)

Jones, N., Moore, K. & Walton, R. (2016). Disrupting the past to disrupt the future: An ante narrative of technical communication. Technical Communication Quarterly, 25(4), 211-229. (2017 Nell Ann Pickett Award and 2018 CCCC Technical and Scientific Communication Award for Best Article on Philosophy or Theory)

Jones, N. (2016) The technical communicator as advocate: Integrating a social justice approach in technical communication. Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 46(3), 342-361.

Research or Academic Affiliations

Vice President of Association of Teachers of Technical Communication (ATTW)

Diversity Committee Chair of Council for Programs in Technical and Scientific Communication (CPTSC)

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