Patrick D. Jones

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Associate Professor of History and Ethnic Studies History (402) 472-2414 632 Oldfather Hall


Patrick Jones was born in Baltimore, Maryland, and grew up in Cleveland, Ohio. He earned his B.A. in "American History, Politics and Society" from Kenyon College in 1993 and his Ph.D. in modern U.S. History and African American Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2002. Jones researches, writes and teaches about the civil rights/Black Power era, America in the 1960s, race relations, urban inequality, social movements, electoral politics, African American experience in the "Jazz Age," and post-WWII American popular culture. Harvard University published his award-winning book, The Selma of the North: Civil Rights Insurgency in Milwaukee, in 2009. Tim Tyson called the book "...a riveting new story of the civil rights movement in America, a tale on par with Selma, Birmingham, and Montgomery in its power and importance" and Jeanne Theoharis has written, "The Selma of the North provides a devastating rebuttal of many of the conventional narratives of the civil rights movement." Jones is currently editing a collection of essays that explore the relationship(s) of music to the civil rights and Black Power era and working on a new monograph that looks at the contested meanings of civil rights and Black Power in Cleveland. He is guest-editing an upcoming issue of The Magazine of History on the black freedom movement in the urban North and also collects oral histories with local people about their experiences in the 1960s.


ETHN 200,”Introduction to African American Studies”
HIST 288, “The Historian’s Craft: Civil Rights and Social Justice in Post-WWII America”
HIST 306, “African American History, From African origins through the Civil War”
HIST/ETHN 309, “Race, Ethnicity & 20th Century American Politics”
HIST 396, “History Harvest - Lincoln’s Refugee Community”
HIST 397, “North Omaha History Harvest”
HIST 355/855, “Post-1945 U.S. History”
HIST 397, “America in the Sixties”
HIST/ETHN 437/837, “African Americans and the Politics of Race, From the New Deal to the New Right”
HIST 439/839, “African Americans in the Jazz Age”
HIST/ETHN 460/860, “The Civil Rights/Black Power Era”
HIST 942, Graduate Research Seminar: “Civil Rights and Social Justice in Post-WWII America”
HIST 943, “Themes in U.S. History Since 1877”


“The Selma of the North”: Civil Rights Insurgency in Milwaukee. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2009.

  • “’Get Up Off of Your Knees!’: Competing Visions of Black Empowerment in Milwaukee During the Early Civil Rights Era,” in Neighborhood Rebels: Black Power at the Local Level, Peniel Joseph, ed., (New York: Palgrave, 2009).
  • “’Not a Color, But an Attitude’: Black Power Politics in Milwaukee,” in Common Ground: Local Black Freedom Movements in America, Jeanne Theoharris and Komozi Woodard, eds., (New York: New York University Press, 2005).
  • Project Director, Roz Payne Sixties Archive (forthcoming)
  • Project Co-Director (with Dr. Will Thomas), The History Harvest, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Department of History
  • “The Hidden History of African Americans in Omaha: Images from the Great Plains Black History Museum Archives,” Nation Park Service, Midwest Headquarters, Omaha, Nebraska, January 2013.
  • “Many Roads to Freedom: Working Across the Color Line for Racial Justice,” for “Black-White Dialogue” series, Omaha, Nebraska, April 2011.
  • “Why Milwaukee Matters: A New Civil Rights Paradigm?” March On Milwaukee: A 40th Anniversary Conference, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, September 2007.
  • “New Approaches to Teaching About Race Relations and African American History During the ‘Jazz Age,’” Organization of American Historians Regional Conference, Lincoln, NE, July 2006.
  • “The Catholic Roots of Fr. James Groppi’s Civil Rights Activism in Milwaukee,” Organization of American Historians Regional Conference, Lincoln, NE, July 2006.

Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2002
M.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1996
B.A., Kenyon College. Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude, 1993


African American, U.S. Twentieth Century