Madison P. Jones

PhD, Rhetoric & Writing Studies


Jones headshot photo I'm an assistant professor in the departments of Writing & Rhetoric and Natural Resources Science at the University of Rhode Island where I direct the DWELL Lab. In May 2020, I received a Ph.D. in English from the University of Florida, specializing in Rhetoric and Writing Studies. I research scientific and environmental rhetoric and teach graduate and undergraduate courses in science writing and environmental advocacy. My research intersects place-based writing and digital rhetoric to understand how emerging location-based media provide new possibilities for community-engaged advocacy and science storytelling. As part of my place-based research, I am interested in using rhetorical historiography as part of the social justice paradigm for environmental communication.

My dissertation project, Writing, Place, Network: Scale and Digital Rhetoric, was awarded the Fall 2019 Graduate School Doctoral Dissertation Award at the University of Florida. In the project, I develop an ecological methodology to locate the place-based affordances of digital writing technologies. At UF, I taught courses in professional writing, digital rhetoric, and ecomedia. My articles have appeared in Enculturation, Computers & Composition Online, Kairos, and elsewhere. My article on "Sylvan Rhetorics" in Rhetoric Review was awarded the NCTE/CCCC 2020 Best Article on Philosophy or Theory of Technical or Scientific Communication.

As both a poet and a digital maker, I am as at home working with line breaks as I am lines of code. Before coming to URI, I was founder and editor-in-chief of Kudzu House Quarterly, a journal of environmental writing and scholarship (now archived at Institutional Repository at the University of Florida). At UF, I served as an Augmented Reality Criticisms (or ARCs) Coordinator for the Trace Innovation Lab, a digital rhetoric initiative at UF, through which I consulted with faculty and graduate students in the development of digital projects, organized digital humanities conferences, and coordinated workshops geared toward undergraduate research. I also served as a Smathers Graduate Intern in Emerging Technologies, creating workshops and tutorials for the UF Marston Science Library's Mobile App Development Environment (MADE@UF) Lab.