Madison P. Jones

PhD, Rhetoric & Writing Studies

Curriculum Vitae

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Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Writing Studies, University of Florida (May 2020)
M.A. in English, Auburn University (2014)
B.A. in English, University of Montevallo (2010)

Academic Appointments

Assistant Professor, University of Rhode Island (2020-Present)
Department of Writing & Rhetoric (Primary Appointment)
Department of Natural Resources Science (Secondary Appointment)
Faculty Affiliate, Ecology and Ecosystem Sciences

Peer-Reviewed Publications


Writing the Environment in Nineteenth-Century American Literature: The Ecological Awareness of Early Scribes of Nature. Co-edited with Steven Petersheim. Lexington Books, 2015.

Featured Articles & Book Chapters (Recent & Selected)

“Tracking Memes in the Wild: Visual Rhetoric and Image Circulation in Environmental Communication.” Co-Authored with Aaron Beveridge, Hannah MacDonald, Abbey Greene, and Julian Garrison. Frontiers in Communication (Science & Environmental Communication section),

“A Counterhistory of Rhetorical Ecologies." Rhetoric Society Quarterly, September 2021, vol. 51, no. 4, pp. 336-352, [Received Honorable Mention for ARSTM’s 2022 Article of the Year Award].

“Deep Mapping for Environmental Communication Design.” Co-authored with Shannon Butts. Communication Design Quarterly, March 2021, vol.9, iss. 1, pp.4-19 (Published Open Access Online First, January 20, 2021), [Awarded the 2022 CCCC Technical and Scientific Communication Award in the category of Best Article on Pedagogy or Curriculum in Technical or Scientific Communication].

“Trees, Anti-Advocacy, and Visual Rhetoric in Truax (A Parody of The Lorax),” invited submission for EcoComix: Essays on the Environment in Comics and Graphic Novels. Ed. Sidney I. Dobrin. McFarland, 2020.

“(Re)Placing the Rhetoric of Scale: Ecoliteracy, Networked Writing, and MEmorial Mapping.” Mediating Nature: The Role of Technology in Ecological Literacy. Eds. Sidney I. Dobrin and Sean Morey. Routledge, October, 2019,

“Sylvan Rhetorics: Roots and Branches of More-Than-Human Publics.” Rhetoric Review, February 2019, vol. 38 no. 1, pp. 63-78, [Awarded the 2020 CCCC Technical and Scientific Communication Award in the category of Best Article on Philosophy or Theory of Technical or Scientific Communication].

Public & Creative Writing


Losing the Dog (Poetry Collection). Salmon Poetry, Forthcoming March 2023.

Reflections on the Dark Water (Poetry Collection). Solomon & George, 2016.

Poetry Journals & Anthologies (Selected from 50+)

“Writer's Retreat” Southern Review. Summer 2022.

“Sandhill Cranes” Southern Poetry Review. Fall 2020 (58.1).

“Tree Cutter’s Song” and “Three Chicken Day.” Asheville Poetry Review. Spring 2020 (26/27.1).

“Deep Fade,” “At Heaven's Dirty Riverbank,” and “Trace.” Mountains Piled upon Mountains: Contemporary Appalachian Nature Writing in the Anthropocene. Ed. Jessica Cory. West Virginia UP, 2019.

“Bird Clock” and “Flyover.” Tar River Poetry. Fall 2019 (59.1).

“Sunfall with Bat House.” North American Review. Winter 2019 (304.1).

“Driving Home from the Psychiatric Hospital.” Prairie Schooner. Spring 2019 (93.1). Reprinted in A Tether to this World: Mental Health Recovery Stories. Main Street Rag Press, 2021. Available Open Access via Project MUSE.

Pastoral.” Crab Orchard Review. Fall 2018 (23.2).

“Middle of Nowhere, Five-Thirty.” ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment. Spring 2018 (25.2),

Blackberry” and “Nocturne.” Michigan Quarterly Review. Fall 2017 (56.4).

High Rise” and “Prescribed Burn.” Shenandoah. Spring 2017 (66.2). "Prescribed Burn" was Reprinted in the Duke Initiative for Science & Society's Science Sonnets series as part of NC SciFest (April 15, 2021).

“Sparrows on a High Wire.” Birmingham Poetry Review. Spring 2017 (44).

“Self-Portrait as Apollo and Dionysus.” The Greensboro Review. Spring 2015 (97).

Brief Essays & Book Reviews

"Madison Jones reviews Max Liboiron’s Pollution is Colonialism (2021)." NCA Environmental Communication Division Blog, January 2022.

Toward an Ecology of Chora and Topoi: A Review of Rhetoric as a Posthuman Practice by Casey Boyle.Composition Forum (Fall 2019), vol. 42.

Advertising Poetry: Remix and Digital Invention.” Digital English. Eds. Naomi Milthorpe, Robert Clarke, Joanne Jones, and Robbie Moore (Spring 2019).

Witnessing Nature: Thoughts on ‘Sunfall with Bat House’.” Open Space: The North American Review Blog (Winter 2019).

Environing Media, a Review of The Undersea Network” by Nicole Starosielski. Reviewed in Digital Humanities Quarterly (Spring 2018), vol. 11, iss, 3.

Review of Eco-Republic: What the Ancients Can Teach Us about Ethics, Virtue, and Sustainable Living” by Melissa Lane. Princeton UP, 2012. Reviewed in Journal of Ecocriticism (January 2018), vol. 7, iss. 2, pp. 14-15.


Senior Fellow, Coastal Institute, University of Rhode Island (2021-present).

Honorable Mention, the Association for the Rhetoric of Science, Technology, and Medicine's Article of the Year Award. For "A Counterhistory of Rhetorical Ecologies" (2022).

CCCC/NCTE’s Best Article on Pedagogy or Curriculum in Technical or Scientific Communication. For “Deep Mapping for Environmental Communication Design” (2022).

Residency, Fairhope Center for the Writing Arts, Fairhope, AL (Summer 2020).

CCCC/NCTE’s Best Article on Philosophy or Theory of Technical or Scientific Communication. For “Sylvan Rhetorics: Roots and Branches of More-Than-Human Publics” (2020).

Graduate School Doctoral Dissertation Award, University of Florida (Fall 2019).

Graduate Teaching Award, Department of English, University of Florida (Spring 2018).

Graduate School Research Fellowship, University of Florida (Fall 2015-Summer 2019).

Graduate Teaching Award, Department of English, Auburn University (Spring 2014).

Harper Travel Award, South-Atlantic Modern Language Association Conference (Spring 2013).

Graduate Teaching Assistantship, Auburn University (Fall 2012-Spring 2014).

Grant-Funded Projects


$29,952.71. Co-PI. Amelia Moore (PI). Madison Jones, Marcus Nevius, Kendall Moore. Augmenting Manissean Public Memory, Sense of Place, & Belonging on Block Island. National Endowment for the Humanities. 2022-2023.

~$8,100,000. Collaborator (Research Translation Core Team). Rainer Lohmann (PI). STEEP II: Sources, Transport, Exposure & Effects of PFAS. National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. 2022-2027.

$5,000. PI. Rhode Island State Council on the Arts Fellowship in Poetry, 2021.

$750,000. Co-PI. Tolani Olagundoye (PI), Alissa Cox, Christina DiCenzo, Michelle Fontes, Madison Jones, Becky Sartini, Christine Turenius-Bell, Kate Venturini. Rhode Island Agriculture and Food Systems Fellowship Program (RIAFSFP). National Institute of Food and Agriculture, 2022-2026.

$2,000. Co-PI. Jacob Green (Equal Co-PI). Articulate Detroit: Visualizing Environments. Association for the Study of Literature and Environment, 2017.


$5,000. PI. Augmenting Counter-Tourism: A Deep Mapping Project on Block Island. University of Rhode Island Arts and Sciences Dean’s Faculty Summer Research Program, 2021.

$3,100. Co-PI. Kenneth Anderson, Shannon Butts, Jason Crider, Jacob Greene (Equal Co-PIs). Ecotour: Using Mobile Technologies to promote Local Environmental Engagement. University of Florida Bob Graham Center for Public Service, Fall 2017.

$5,200. PI. Carrying Owls to Athens: Deep Mapping Plato’s Environment. University of Florida Graduate School Doctoral Research Grant, Fall 2017.


$324,865. Intellectual Contributor. Aaron Beveridge (PI), MassMine Advancement Grant for Sustainable Data-Driven Humanities Research. National Endowment for the Humanities, September 2021-August 2022.

$15,249. Consultant (Project Development). Les Thiele (PI). Augmenting Sustainability: An AR App for the UF Campus and Gainesville Community (UF-GNV Creative Community Collaborations Project). University of Florida, Spring 2019.

Recent Teaching Experience

University of Rhode Island, Assistant Professor (2020 to Present)

Graduate Seminars

Rhetorical Field Methods for Science Communication (Spring 2023)

Visualizing Environmental Rhetoric (Spring 2020)

Graduate Writing in the Life Sciences (Fall 2020, Fall 2021, Spring 2022)

Undergraduate Courses

Science Writing (Fall 2020, Fall 2021, Fall 2022)

Academic Presentations

Recent Refereed Conferences

“Sylvan Rhetorics, Anti-Advocacy, and Visual Communication in Truax (A Parody of The Lorax)” Conference on Communication and Environment. Online (June 2020).

“Better Metaphors: Rhetorical Ecologies and Decolonial Posthumanism.” American Society for the History of Rhetoric sponsored panel. National Communication Association. Indianapolis, IN (November 2020).

“Deep Mapping for Environmental Communication Design” Association for the Rhetoric of Science and Technology Virtual Pre-Conference at the National Communication Association Conference (November 2020).

Invited Talks

“Augmented Reality and Digital Activism.” University of North Florida (Fall 2017).

“Ecopoetics and Digital Publishing” (via Skype). Texas State University (Fall 2015).

“Why Major in English Studies?” University of Montevallo (Spring 2015).

Professional Memberships

Association for the Rhetoric of Science, Technology, and Medicine
College Composition and Communication
Council for Programs in Technical and Scientific Communication
National Council of Teachers of English
Rhetoric Society of America

References available upon request.