Jeannette Eileen Jones

Associate Professor of History and Ethnic Studies Profile Image
Associate Professor of History and Ethnic Studies History jjones11@unl.edu (402) 472-2414 633 Oldfather Hall
JOINED THE DEPARTMENT

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.

TEACHING

United States History Since 1877
African American History to 1877
U.S. Cultural History
Introduction to African American Studies
Black/African American Women’s History
Black Popular Culture
Introduction to Ethnic Studies
Senior Seminar: Women’s and Gender Studies

SELECTED HONORS AND AWARDS
  • College Distinguished Teaching Award, 2016.
  • Academic Star, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Fall 2009.
  • Faculty of the Year Award, The Afrikan People’s Union, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2009.
GRANTS AND FELLOWSHIPS
  • Center for Digital Research in the Humanities Start-up Grant, 2013-2014.
  • Deutsche Bank Junior Scholar-In-Residence Fellowship, University of Heidelberg (Germany), Center for American Studies, 2007-2008.
BOOKS
Articles and Book Chapters
DIGITAL PROJECTS

To Enter Africa from America: U.S. Empire, Race, and the African Question, 1847-1919; in progress

EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND

Ph.D., SUNY-Buffalo, 2003
M.A., SUNY-Buffalo, 1997
B.A., Hofstra, 1993

EXPERTISE

United States Cultural and Intellectual History, African American History, U.S. Gilded Age and Progressive Era, Pre-Colonial Africa