UB CDI Distinguished Visiting Scholar

Jeannette Eileen Jones

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Jeannette Eileen Jones, Ph.D.

UB CDI Distinguished Visiting Scholars, 2021-22

  • PhD, American History, University at Buffalo
  • MA, American History, University at Buffalo
  • BA, History, Hofstra University

Notable Awards

  • American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Dr. Michael W. Combs Legacy Award, JGMC Hall of Fame 2020
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln, College of Arts & Sciences Engagement Award
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln, College of Arts & Sciences Distinguished Teaching Award

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Email: jej@buffalo.edu

Office Phone: 716-645-7468

Office: 639 Clemens Hall, UB North

Dr. Jeannette Eileen Jones (she/her/hers) is a 2021-22 UB Center for Diversity Innovation Distinguished Visiting Scholar and an Associate Professor of History and Ethnic Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Dr. Jones’s current book project, tentatively titled, America in Africa: U.S. Empire, Race, and the African Question, 1847-1919 (Yale University Press) explores the roles of American officials and non-state actors in shaping U.S. imperial foreign policy regarding Africa during the “new imperialism.” Her first book, In Search of Brightest Africa: Reimagining the Dark Continent in American Culture, 1884-1936 (The University of Georgia Press, 2010) examines competing visions of Africa in American print and visual culture. Her writing has appeared in Journal of American Culture, Journal of American Studies, American Studies, Process: A Blog for American History, and Perspectives on History. She is Project Director and Co-PI with Nadia Nurhussein, Nemata Blyden, and John Gruesser on the digital project “To Enter Africa from America”: The United States, Africa, and the New Imperialism, 1862-1919.

Areas of Interest/Special Expertise

US history; American intellectual and cultural history; America and the world; African-American history and studies; digital humanities and digital history; history of science and science studies; advising and mentoring Black and African student/student groups; working with Black Diaspora faculty; working with BIPOC, Latinx, ADIPA, and LGBTQIA faculty, staff, and students on diversity, equity, and inclusion.