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 recently awarded the NCTE/CCCC 2020 Best Article on Philosophy or Theory of Technical or Scientific Communication.

In addition to my research and teaching, I also serve as an Augmented Reality Criticisms (or ARCs) Coordinator for the Trace Innovation Lab, a digital rhetoric initiative at UF, through which I consult with faculty and graduate students in the development of digital projects, organize digital humanities conferences, and coordinate 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. As both a poet and a web developer, I am as at home working with line breaks as I am lines of code.