- History of Technology/Engineering and Society
- Information and Communications Technology Policy
- Program Evaluation, Public Management and Administration
- S&E Organizations, Education, Careers and Workforce
- Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy
- U.S. Society and Politics/Policy Perspectives
- Ph.D. in History and Sociology of Technology and Science (Georgia Tech, 2009)
- M.S. in History and Sociology of Technology and Science (Georgia Tech, 2006)
- M.A. in History (Georgia College & State University, 2002)
- B.A. in History (Georgia College & State University, 2002)
Nathan W. Moon, PhD, is a Senior Research Scientist at the Georgia Institute of Technology, and he serves as Director of Research of the Center for Advanced Communications Policy (CACP) at Georgia Tech. His research focuses on increasing access to education and employment for people with disabilities, with specializations in the accessibility of information and communications technologies (ICTs), workplace accommodations and employment policy, broadening participation in STEM education, and program evaluation.
In support of this work, he has served as PI or co-PI for nine projects totaling over $2.5 million in sponsored funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF), National Institute for Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR), Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia (BOR-USG), and Facebook, Inc. Additionally, he has served as Project Director for two Rehabilitation Engineering Research Centers (RERCs) at Georgia Tech
Notable projects have included the nine-year, NSF-funded Georgia STEM Accessibility Alliance (GSAA) to broaden the participation of secondary and postsecondary students with disabilities in STEM education through the provision of electronic mentoring via virtual worlds. He also has led research and evaluation projects in support of the University System of Georgia (USG) STEM Initiative to improve postsecondary attainment within the State of Georgia.
Dr. Moon also is the Principal Investigator for a Field Initiated Project on the Contingent Employment of People with Disabilities (FIP-CE). This three-year research project is funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR). FIP-CE investigates the participation of individuals with disabilities in contingent employment arrangements, including jobs obtained through web-based or app-based platforms associated with the nascent “gig economy" associated with services such as Uber, Lyft, and Handy. Moon also serves as Project Director for the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Wireless Inclusive Technologies (Wireless RERC), where he leads the RERC's Survey of User Needs and research on the sociocultural design factors for next generation wireless technologies.
Dr. Moon has authored or co-authored two books, three book chapters, and 24 peer-reviewed articles, and he also has delivered nearly 20 invited and keynote presentations and over 30 refereed conference presentations. One particularly notable publication has been Accommodating Students with Disabilities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM), an NSF-sponsored handbook for researchers, educators, and practitioners in the field. He also holds a courtesy appointment at Adjunct Professor/Lecturer in the School of History, Technology & Society, where he teaches courses in modern American and European history. In 2018, he completed a term on the Board of Directors for RESNA, The Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America, and he has served as Chair of RESNA’s Government Affairs Committee (GAC) since 2012.
Dr. Moon received his PhD in the history and sociology of science and technology from Georgia Tech in 2009. In addition to his research on disability and technology policy, he undertook a historical study of psychostimulant drugs, namely amphetamines and Ritalin, to understand their medical applications and extramedical consumption in postwar America.
- United States
- Emerging Technologies - Innovation
- Science and Engineering Workforces
Awards & Distinctions
- RESNA "Rookie" Award, 2013
- Homer Rice Award, 2009
Journal Article – June 2020
We present findings from the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Wireless Inclusive Technologies (Wireless RERC) Survey of User Needs (SUN) for 2017-2018. The Wireless RERC has surveyed wireless technology adoption and use among individuals with disabilities since 2002, and this article presents findings from the sixth iteration of the SUN. Broadly, it continues to find growing rates of adoption of smartphone technologies among people with disabilities relative to the general population. With an increase of smartphone use among individuals with disabilities from 54% in 2012-2013 and 71% in 2015-2016, to 88% in 2017-2018, our findings suggest further narrowing of the digital "disability divide." SUN respondents generally indicated that their devices were easy to use. Regarding device satisfaction, over three-fourths of smartphone users indicated that they were satisfied or very satisfied with their smartphones. Relatively less established, newer features such as real-time-text and intelligent personal assistants have yet to be widely adopted. However, the higher-than-average use of real-time-text among individuals who reported deafness or difficulty hearing suggests this features' potential for increasing usability and accessibility of these devices, specifically, and communications, in general. For this version, we added new questions on the adoption and use of next-generation wireless devices, as part of a growing trend toward Internet of Things (IoT)-based "smart homes."
Moon, N.W., Griffiths, P.C., LaForce, S., Linden, M. (2020). Wireless Device Use by Individuals with Disabilities: Findings from a National Survey, Journal on Technology & Persons with Disablities. 8: 196-209.
"STEM IV Initiative: Looking Ahead"
Presentation – October 2019
Nathan W. Moon, "STEM IV Initiative: Looking Ahead," Invited presentation at 2019 USG STEM Summit, Athens, Georgia, October 30, 2019.
"STEM III Initiative: Lessons Learned and Next Steps for the STEM Initiative"
Presentation – October 2019
Nathan W. Moon, "STEM III Initiative: Lessons Learned and Next Steps for the STEM Initiative," Invited presentation at 2019 USG STEM Summit, Athens, Georgia, October 29, 2019.
"Technology use by Workers with Disabilities in the Gig Economy"
Conference – August 2019
Linden, M., Harris, F. Moon, N., LaForce, S., "Technology Use by Workers with Disabilities in the Gig Economy." The 13th International Convention on Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology (i-CREATe-2019). Canberra, Australia, August 2019.
"Do coworker interactions influence workplace participation of people with disabilities? "
Presentation – June 2019
Mahajan, H.P., Milchus, K., Harris, F., Linden, M., Moon, N., and Sanford, J.A. (2019). "Do coworker interactions influence workplace participation of people with disabilities?" Invited - Proceedings of the 2019 Annual RESNA Conference. Toronto, Canada, June 24-28, 2019.
"Contingent Employment of Individuals with Disabilities: Key Issues and Challenges"
Presentation – February 2019
Moon, N.W. & Harris, F.H. "Contingent Employment of Individuals with Disabilities: Key Issues and Challenges." Invited presentation at State of the Science Conference, Rehabilitation Research and raining Center on Employment Policy and Measurement (EPM-RRTC), Washington, D.C., February 12, 2019.