History Department
History Department

Jacqueline Jones selected new Chair of History Department

Thu, April 17, 2014
Jacqueline Jones selected new Chair of History Department
Prof. Jacqueline Jones. Photo by Tamir Kalifa

The Department of History is pleased to announce the selection of Professor Jacqueline Jones as its new Chair beginning in Fall 2014.

Dr. Jones is currently the Walter Prescott Webb Chair in History and Ideas and Mastin Gentry White Professor of Southern History at The University of Texas at Austin. She also serves as the History Department’s Graduate Advisor.

 Before joining the History Department at UT Austin, Professor Jones taught at Brandeis University from 1991 until 2008, where she was the Harry S. Truman Professor of History.

A MacArthur Fellow and winner of the Bancroft Prize for American History, Dr. Jones has authored eight book monographs, one textbook, and numerous articles and other publications.

Her book Labor of Love, Labor of Sorrow: Black Women, Work, and the Family from Slavery to the Present (Basic Books, 1985; pb. Vintage, 1986; second ed. 1995, and revised for the 25th Anniversary Edition by Basic in 2010) was a Pulitzer Prize Finalist and received multiple awards and recognitions, including the Bancroft Prize in American History, the Philip Taft Award in Labor History, the Julia Spruill Prize awarded by the Southern Association for Women Historians, the Brown Memorial Publication Prize awarded by the Association of Black Women Historians, and the Gustavus Myers Center Prize for Best Book on Racial Intolerance

In 2008, she published Saving Savannah: The City and the Civil War, 1854-1872 (Alfred A. Knopf, 2008), a Finalist for the Frederick Douglass Award, the Malcolm Bell, Jr. and Muriel Barrow Bell Award for Best Book in Georgia History, a Runner-Up for the UT Co-Op’s Hamilton Award, and received Honorable Mention for the Lincoln Prize.

Dr. Jones’ most recent book, A Dreadful Deceit: The Myth of Race from the Colonial Era to Obama's America (Basic Books, December 2013) also a Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, was named Best of 2013 by both Kirkus and Publisher's Weekly, and has been featured in U.S. News and World Report, NPR’s Weekend Edition Sunday and The Takeaway, Salon.com’s Book of the Week.

 Read more in The Daily Texan, and at: Jacqueline Jones named a Finalist for Pulitzer in History, and

Welcome Professor Jones!

Related links:

15 Minute History podcast interview with Prof. Jones on "The Myth of Race in America"

Not Even Past’s interview with Prof. Jones on Civil War Savannah

“Civil Rights Act’s anniversary calls for celebration, reflection” by Jacqueline Jones, for The Daily Texan

The New York Times interviews Jacqueline Jones on dissertation publication and protecting the rights of Ph.D. students

American Historical Association Council Spotlight:

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