Dr. Joseph Jeyaraj, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Engineering
School of Engineering and Computational Sciences

Dr. Joseph Jeyaraj teaches technical writing, usability and human computer interaction, and international technical writing. 

He created the field of postcolonial technical writing and his research interests include technical and professional writing, postcolonial rhetoric (including caste, Untouchability, and conversions), and pedagogical theory. 

Among the places where he has published are College Composition and Communication, The Journal of Business and Technical Communication, Pretexts: Literary and Cultural Studies, and The Knowledge Society Journal, and The Indian Journal of Public Affairs and Policy Research.


Publications

 

Jeyaraj, Joseph, Sones, R., and Waters, J.  Human Computer Interfaces and Discourse Analysis: Addressing
Audience with Engineers.  2011 IEEE International Professional Communication Conference
Proceedings. Danvers, MA, IEEE, 2011.   CFP11IPC-CDR.  (ISBN: 978-1-61284-778-8)     

Jeyaraj, Joseph.  “British Indian Grammar, Writing Pedagogies, and Writing for the Professions: Classical
               Pedagogy in British India.”  Technical Communication Quarterly. 19 (2010): (379-402).

Jeyaraj, Joseph.  “Modernity and Empire: A Modest Analysis of Early Colonial Writing Practices.” College Composition and Communication 60.2 (February 2009): (2-28).

Jeyaraj, Joseph.  "Technical Communication and Cross Cultural Miscommunication: User Culture and the Outsourcing of Writing." Connecting People with Technology: Issues in Professional Communication.  Eds.  Helen Grady and George Heyhoe.  New York: Baywood Press, 2008: 86-97.

Jeyaraj, Joseph.  “Indian Theory Pundits and Postcolonial Untouchables: Audience and Rhetoric in Liberal Western Discourses.  The Indian Journal of Public Affairs and Policy Research 8.3 (January 2007): 1-12.  

Jeyaraj, Joseph.  “Grammar Gurus and Essayists in Colonial India: A Short A Short Study on Writing Practices.”  The Knowledge Society Journal  2.2 (April 2006): 68-90.

Jeyaraj, Joseph.  “Technical Communication and Cross Cultural Miscommunication: Usability and the Outsourcing of Writing.”  2005 IEEE  (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers)  International Professional Communication Conference Proceedings. Danvers, MA: IEEE, 2005:  92-100.

Jeyaraj, Joseph.  “Liminality and Othering: The Issue of Rhetorical Authority in Technical Discourse” in a special issue on theory in the Journal of Business and Technical Communication, 20.10 (January 2004): 9-38

Jeyaraj, Joseph.  “Native Informants, Ethos, and Unsituated Rhetoric: Some Rhetorical Issues in Postcolonial Discourses.”  Pretexts:Literary and Cultural Studies, 12.1 (July 2003): 65-84.

 

Publications Reviews

 

Jeyaraj, Joseph.  Review of Barry Thatcher and Carlos Evia (Eds.) Outsourcing Technical Communication: Issues
               Polices and Practices, Technical Communication Quarterly, 18.4 (October 2009): 408-411.

Recent Presentations

Jeyaraj, Joseph.  “Software Rhetoric and Rhetoric for Documenting Software: Reframing Engineers to be
Rhetoricians.”   2012 Rhetoric Society of America Conference.  PA, May 2012.

“Trauma and the Writing Classroom: Writing Fiction, Writing Emotions.”  Conference on College
               Composition, KY, March 2010.

“Insider-Outsider Perspectives and Cultural Literacy: Teaching Engineering Majors International Technical Writing.” The Biennial Rhetoric Society of America 2010 Conference, MN, May 2010.