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Jeannette Eileen Jones

Jeannette Eileen Jones

Associate Professor of History and Ethnic Studies

Contact Information:


633 Oldfather Hall

Department of History
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Lincoln, NE 68588, USA
Phone: (402) 472-2406
Fax: 402-472-8839
E-mail: email address


Joined the Department:

August 2004

I am a historian of the United States, with particular emphasis in American cultural and intellectual history and African American Studies, with strong interests in race and representation, Atlantic studies, and science studies. My research reflects my desire to contribute to the larger critical conversations taking place in these fields, specifically around the role of race in shaping American cultural and intellectual discourse and production. More precisely, my research examines the ways in which “race” as a popular and scientific category operated as a potent signifier of difference—cultural, biological, social, and political—in late nineteenth and early twentieth century America. However, recognizing the rising global significance of race as an organizing principle, as well as the transnational migration of ideas about race during this period (roughly the Gilded Age to the end of Word War II), my research extends across the Atlantic. It seeks to uncover the discursive relationship between America, other Western, and “subaltern” perspectives on imperialism, citizenship, and social belonging, as mediated primarily through the lens of race, but also through those of gender (ideas about femininity and masculinity), and sexuality.


Expertise:

  • U.S. Cultural and Intellectual
  • African American
  • Pre-Colonial Africa

Education:

STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK, BUFFALO, PhD (History) 2003

STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK, BUFFALO, M.A. (History) 1997

HOFSTRA UNIVERSITY, B.A. (History) 1993



Books:

Jones, Jeannette Eileen. In progress, Locating Lord Greystoke: Race, Empire, and the Africa Question, 1876-1919 (A Transnational Cultural History). N/A, 2014.
Jones, Jeannette Eileen. In Search of Brightest Africa: Reimagining the Dark Continent in American Culture, 1884-1936. The University of Georgia Press, 2010.
Jones, Jeannette Eileen, ed. Darwin in Atlantic Cultures: Evolutionary Visions of Race, Gender, and Sexuality, Routledge Research in Atlantic Studies. Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group, 2010.

Book Chapters, Introductions, & Essays:

Chapters:
Jones, Jeannette Eileen. ""The Descent of Darwin"". In Darwin in Atlantic Cultures: Evolutionary Visions of Race, Gender, and Sexuality Culture. Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group, 2010.

Articles:

Jones, Jeannette Eileen. "'Gorilla Trails in Paradise': Carl Akeley, Mary Bradley, and the American Search for the Missing Link" Journal of American Culture. (2006): pp. 321-336.

Conference Papers:

"'Against the Votaries of Race Cults': Robert Lowie’s Critique of Cultural Evolutionism and Eugenics." Paper presented at American Studies Association, October 2006.
"Of Great White Hunters and ‘Black Boys’: Safari and the Scientific Construction of Race." Paper presented at International and Interdisciplinary Conference of BEST (Black European Studies), July 2006.
"'Let’s Drink to Monkey Business': Eugenics, Race, and Simian Sexuality in the Captive Wild Woman Trilogy." Paper presented at Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Conference, April 2006.
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