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Jason Swarts

  • Ph.D. / Associate Professor of English
  • Associate Professor
  • North Carolina State University
  • 12PublicationsNumber of items in Jason's My Publications folder on Mendeley.
  • 27Followers

Research interests

Discourse AnalysisComputer-Supported Cooperative WorkNetwork SocietyActor-Network TheoryMobile Technology


In 2002 I finished a PhD in Communication and Rhetoric from the Department of Language, Literature, and Communication at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in Troy, NY. I arrived at RPI with an interest in Rhetoric and Composition and technology. When I left RPI I had combined those interests with a study of human computer interaction, technological mediation, and new media development. I now do research that explores the mediating effects of technology on information-rich, cooperative work practices. My current work is on mobile information technology and the way that it is used to coordinate improvisational and cooperative uses of information. This current branch of my research is leading me to question the stability of categories such as "writers" and "readers." I am investigating the ways that these categories are starting to collapse into one another. Readers in information-saturated work places interact with the complex streams of multimodal information around them. They write their own texts by selecting and arranging the information that is pertinent to their needs and interests.

Followers (27)

  • Gbemiga Shadare

    Gbemiga ShadareUniversity of Sheffield Department of Sociological Studies

  • Ian Weaver

    Ian WeaverTexas Tech University

  • Nicolay Shinkin

    Nicolay Shinkin

  • Kyle P. Vealey

    Kyle P. VealeyPurdue University

  • alice daer

    alice daerArizona State University - Main Campus

  • Gisap project

    Gisap project

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Following (17)

  • Michelle Tackabery

    Michelle TackaberyIBM International Technical Standards Organization

  • Liza Potts

    Liza PottsMichigan State University

  • Ian O'Byrne

    Ian O'ByrneUniversity of New Haven

  • Christin Phelps

    Christin PhelpsNorth Carolina State University

  • Carolyn R. Miller

    Carolyn R. MillerNorth Carolina State University

  • Douglas Eyman

    Douglas EymanGeorge Mason University

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Publications (5)

  • Information Technologies as Discursive Agents: Methodological Implications for the Empirical Study of Knowledge Work

    • Swarts J
  • Mobility and composition: The architecture of coherence in non-places

    • Swarts J
  • PDAs in medical settings: The importance of organization in PDA text design

    • Swarts J
  • Textual grounding: How people turn texts into tools

    • Swarts J
  • Rethinking the Evaluation of Writing in Engineering Courses

    • Swarts J
    • Odell L

Professional experience

Associate Professor

North Carolina State University

August 2002 - Present

Education history

Ph.D - Communication and Rhetoric

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

August 1998 - August 2002(4 years)