Miles A Kimball

Miles A Kimball

Communication and Media

Miles A Kimball, PhD is interested in the relationships between technology and humanity, particularly in terms of technical communication. His concept of “tactical tech comm” highlights the unrecognized ubiquity of technical communication in our society. He has published broadly on e-portfolio pedagogy, information design, digital humanities, and the history of data visualization. Professor Kimball is the coeditor (with Professor Charles Sides, Fitchburg State University) of the SUNY Technical Communication book series.

  • PhD, University of Kentucky



    Fellow, Society for Technical Communication (STC).
    Ken Rainey Award (Society for Technical Communication, 2019) for “a lifetime of quality research in the field.”
    Jay R. Gould Award For Excellence in Teaching (Society for Technical Communication, 2020).
    Best Article on the History or Theory of Technical and Scientific Communication (National Council of Teachers of English, 2006).
    Best Article on Qualitative or Quantitative Research in Technical and Scientific Communication (National Council of Teachers of English, 2013).
    Professional Achievement Award, College English Association, 2016.
    Joe D. Thomas Distinguished Service Award, College English Association, 2011
    Distinguished Alumnus Award, Wayland Baptist University, 2009.


  • “The Golden Age of Technical Communication: Profession, Discipline, Performance.” Journal of Business and Technical Communication 46.3 (2016): 330–358.
  • “Mountains of Wealth, Rivers of Plenty: Michael Mulhall’s Dictionaries of Statistics and National Competition.” In Visible Numbers: Essays on the History of Statistical Graphics, ed. Charles Kostelnick and Miles Kimball. Ashgate, 2016.
  • “Visual Design Principles: An Empirical Study of Design Lore.” Journal of Technical Writing and Communication 43.1 (2013): 3–41.
  • “Cars, Culture, and Tactical Technical Communication.” Technical Communication Quarterly 15.1 (2006): 67–86.
  • “London through Rose-colored Graphics: Charles Booth's Maps of London Poverty.” Journal of Technical Writing and Communication 36.4 (2006): 351–379.