Jeannette Eileen Jones
JOINED THE DEPARTMENT
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.
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.
- In Search of Brightest Africa: Reimagining the Dark Continent in American Culture, 1884-1936 (Athens, Georgia: The University of Georgia Press, 2010)
- Jeannette Eileen Jones and Patrick B. Sharp, eds., Darwin in Atlantic Cultures: Evolutionary Visions of Race, Gender, and Sexuality, Routledge Research in Atlantic Studies (New York and London: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2010)
Articles and Book Chapters
- “‘On the Brain of the Negro’: Race, Abolitionism, and Friedrich Tiedemann’s Scientific Discourse on the African Diaspora,”Germany and the Black Diaspora, eds. Mischa Honeck, Anne Kuhlmann-Smirnov, and Martin Klimke, GHI Studies in German History (Berghahn Books, 2013)
- “‘Brightest Africa’ in the New Negro Imagination,” in Escape from New York: The New Negro Renaissance Beyond Harlem, eds. Davarian Baldwin and Minkah Makalani (University of Minnesota Press, 2013)
- Jeannette Eileen Jones and Patrick B. Sharp, “The Descent of Darwin” in Darwin in Atlantic Cultures: Evolutionary Visions of Race, Gender, and Sexuality, Routledge Research in Atlantic Studies, eds. Jeannette Eileen Jones and Patrick B. Sharp (New York and London: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2010), 1-7.
- “Simians, Negroes, and the ‘Missing Link’: Transatlantic Evolutionary Debates on the ‘Negro Question,’” in Darwin in Atlantic Cultures: Evolutionary Visions of Race, Gender, and Sexuality, Routledge Research in Atlantic Studies, eds. Jeannette Eileen Jones and Patrick B. Sharp (New York and London: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2010), 191-207.
- “‘Gorilla Trails in Paradise’: Carl Akeley, Mary Bradley, and the American Search for the Missing Link” Journal of American Culture 29:3 (September 2006): 321-336.
“To Enter Africa from America”: U.S. Empire, Race, and the African Question, 1847-1919; in progress