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Natasha Jones

Associate Professor; Graduate Faculty
Email: jonesn30@msu.edu
Skype: Natasha.jones425
ORCID ID: 0000-0002-1713-828X

Research Areas

Social Justice, Inclusion, Narrative, Technical Communication 


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 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, being awarded the CCCC Best Article in Technical and Scientific Communication and the Nell Ann Pickett Award for best article. She currently serves as the Vice President for the Association of Teachers of Technical Writing (ATTW).


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.

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)

Jones, N. (2018). Human-centered syllabus design: Repositioning our students as expert end-users. Computers and Composition. 49, 25-35.

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. & Williams, M. F. (2017). The social justice impact of plain language: A critical approach to plain language analysis. IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication, 60(4), 412-429.

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. (2017). Modified immersive situated service learning (MISSL): A social justice approach to technical communication pedagogy. Business and Professional Communication Quarterly, 80(1), 1-23.

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

Research or Academic Affiliations

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