Jennifer D. Jones
Fields of Study: Twentieth Century United States History, African American History
Advisor: Tera W. Hunter, Margot Canaday, Joshua Guild
Jennifer D. Jones is a doctoral candidate in the Department of History. Her primary research interests include African American History after 1877 and the History of Sexuality, Women and Gender. Broader interests include the History of Popular Culture in the United States, the History of Race and Race Relations in the United States, and Colonial Latin American History.
Her dissertation, titled“ ‘The Fruits of Mixing’: Homosexuality and the Politics of Racial Empowerment in the South, 1945-1975,” chronicles the manner in which characterizations of gay men and lesbians were an important aspect of southern-based campaigns for and conflicts over black racial equality. Advocates and opponents of black racial equality used these characterizations to delineate whom should have access to the full benefits of national citizenship and race-defined communal belonging.
Jennifer graduated from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor in 2007 with a B.A. (High Honors) in History and African American Studies. Her research has been supported by the Center for African American Studies and the Program in American Studies at Princeton University as well as the Frances S. Summersell Center for the Study of the South at the University of Alabama.