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Natasha N. Jones

Associate Professor; Graduate Faculty
Email: jonesn30@msu.edu
ORCID ID: 0000-0002-1713-828X

Research Areas

Technical communication, Human-centered design


Natasha N. Jones is a technical communication scholar and co-author of the book Technical Communication after the Social Justice Turn: Building Coalitions for Action (winner of the 2021 CCCC Best Book in Technical or Scientific Communication). Her research interests include social justice, narrative, and technical communication pedagogy. She holds herself especially accountable to Black women and femmes and systemically marginalized communities. She strives to always center the narratives and experiences of those at the margins in her scholarship. Her work has been published in several journals including, Technical Communication Quarterly, the Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, and the Journal of Business and Technical Communication. She has received national recognition for her work, being awarded the CCCC Best Article in Technical and Scientific Communication (2020, 2018, and 2014) and the Nell Ann Pickett Award (2017). She currently serves as the President for the Association of Teachers of Technical Writing (ATTW). Outside of her academic work, she finds joy in poetry and plants and all things horror/sci-fi.


BA in Print Journalism, Georgia State University
MA in Technical and Professional Communication, Auburn University
PhD in Technical Communication/Human-Centered Design & Engineering, 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. (https://www.routledge.com/Technical-Communication-After-the-Social-Justice-Turn-Building-Coalitions/Walton-Moore-Jones/p/book/9780367188474)

Jones, N. & Williams, M. F. (2018). Technologies of disenfranchisement: Literacy tests and Black voters in the U.S. from 1890-1965. IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication, 64(4), 371-386. (CCCC Best Article Reporting Historical Research or Textual Studies in Technical or Scientific Communication, 2020)

Moore, K., Jones, N., Cundiff, B., & Heilig, L. (2018). Contested sites of health risks: Using wearable technologies to intervene in racial oppression. Communication Design Quarterly, 5(4), 52-60

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. (In CCCC Best Original Collection of Essays in Technical and Scientific Communication, 2018)

Jones, N. (2016). Found things: Genre, narratives, and identification in a networked activist organization. Technical Communication Quarterly, 25(4), 298-318.

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

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.

Sample Courses Taught

WRA 415: Digital Rhetoric

WRA 441: Social Justice as Rhetorical Practice

WRA 870: Research Methodologies in Rhetoric and Writing

Research or Academic Affiliations

President, Association of Teachers of Technical Communication (ATTW)

Social Media

Twitter: @natashaania