Nathan W. Moon

Director of Research, Center for Advanced Communications Policy

Member Of:
  • Center for Advanced Communications Policy
  • School of Public Policy
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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 primary research interests include accessible and inclusive STEM education, employment of people with disabilities, workplace accommodations policy, accessible information and communications technologies, and program evaluation.

Dr. Moon currently serves as Co-Principal Investigator of the Georgia STEM Accessibility Alliance (GSAA), a seven-year collaborative (with the University of Georgia) supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to improve the participation of secondary and postsecondary students with disabilities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). 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 21 peer-reviewed articles, and he also has delivered 10 invited and keynote presentations and a total of 29 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. Finally, he serves on the Board of Directors for RESNA, The Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America, and chairs the RESNA Government Affairs Committee.

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.

  • 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)
Awards and
  • RESNA "Rookie" Award, 2013
  • Homer Rice Award, 2009
Areas of
  • Disability Policy
  • History Of Medicine
  • Information And Communications Policy
  • Postsecondary Education
  • STEM Education
  • Workplace Accommodations
Research Fields:
  • 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
  • Europe
  • United States
  • Health
  • Accessibility
  • Autism
  • Disability
  • Emerging Technologies - Innovation
  • Science and Engineering Workforces
  • HTS-2013: Modern America
Recent Publications

Internet Publications

  • Accessibility, Usability, and the Design of Wearables and Wirelessly Connected Devices

    September 2017

    Researchers at the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Wireless Inclusive Technologies (Wireless RERC) have conducted a review of representative applications and examples of currently available wearable and connected technologies. Drawing on the findings, the research brief explores the potential impact of inclusive design principles on future device development for users with disabilities – a critical approach to ensuring that these technologies truly meet the needs of this target population. Inclusively designed technologies can: 1) enhance accessibility, 2) increase independence and community participation, and 3) support a more inclusive society, a trend which we feel will become increasingly the norm in the future.