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.
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.