Jacqueline Jones

University of Texas at Austin
Historian; Educator
Humanities and Arts

Professor Jacqueline Jones is the Mastin Gentry White Professor of Southern History and the Walter Prescott Webb Chair in History and Ideas at the University of Texas at Austin. Her research focuses on the American social history in addition to writing on economics (feminist economics), race, and class. She received her B.A. in American Studies from the University of Delaware and her M.A. and Ph.D. in American History from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Professor Jones has taught at Wellesley College and Brown University and held the position of Harry S. Truman Professor of History at Brandeis University for 17 years. Her work has earned the MacArthur Fellowship, Ford Fellowship, Woodrow Wilson Fellowship, and an American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship. As an author, her works have received multiple awards such as the Bancroft Prize, Gustavus Myers Center Prize, Memorial Publication Prize, Philip Taft Award, and Julia Spruill Prize for "Labor of Love, Labor of Sorrow", Malcolm Bell, Jr. and Muriel Barrow Bell Award for "Saving Savannah", and E. Merton Coulter Award for “Encounters, Likely and Unlikely”. Jones' book, "Labor of Love, Labor or Sorrow", was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize due to its success in demonstrating her knowledge of the history of the South from 1830 to 1915. The book studies the struggles of African Americans in the nineteenth century, which leads to a commentary on their social history in the South.

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