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Kevin Jones

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Associate Professor
Director of Undergraduate Studies

Kevin Jones is Associate Professor of History at the University of Georgia. He earned his PhD in History from the University of Michigan in 2013 and was a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the George Washington University Institute for Middle East Studies in 2013-2014 before beginning his current position at the University of Georgia.

His work on Iraqi cultural history and Middle Eastern labor history has appeared in Social History and his new book, The Dangers of Poetry: Culture, Politics, and Revolution in Iraq, was published by Stanford University Press in September 2020. The book traces the history of poetry, political protest, and public performance in modern Iraq and demonstrates the unique contribution of nationalist and communist poets to the cultural politics of anticolonialism and national liberation in the twentieth century. He is currently working on two new book projects, a transnational intellectual and cultural history of sectarianism and a political and social history of colonialism and democracy in the modern Middle East.

Dr. Jones' teaching has been recognized with the J. Hatten Howard III Award for early career excellence in teaching honors courses and the Parks-Heggoy Faculty Graduate Teaching Award. He has also served as a Special Collections Library Faculty Fellow and University System of Georgia Chancellor's Learning Scholar.

Selected Publications:

Kevin M. Jones, "A Horizon Lit With Blood: Public Poetry And Mass Politics In Iraq," Social History 39:4 (2014), 443-461.

Kevin M. Jones, "Unmaking the Middle Eastern Working Classes," Social History 40:2 (2015), 145-156.

Kevin M. Jones, The Dangers of Poetry: Culture, Politics, and Revolution in Iraq (Stanford, Stanford University Press, 2020).


PhD, University of Michigan, History 2013

BA, Wake Forest University, History and Philosophy, 2005

Events featuring Kevin Jones
101 LeConte Hall

This installment of the Department of History’s undergraduate lecture series features Dr. Kevin Jones. Professor Jones teaches courses on the history of the medieval and modern Middle East, and his research interests include the subjects of nationalism, anti-colonialism, and poetry. He is writing a book…

101 LeConte Hall

A presentation of the Middle East Film Series.

Free and open to the public.

101 LeConte Hall

Free and open to the public.

101 LeConte Hall

The Dupes (Arabic: المخدوعون‎; Al-makhdu'un) is a 1973 Syrian drama film directed by Tewfik Saleh and starring Mohamed Kheir-Halouani,…

101 LeConte Hall

"Paradise Now", a 2005 film directed by Hany Abu-Assad, about two Palestinian men preparing for a suicide attack in Israel. It won the Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film and was nominated for an Academy Award in the same category.

Free and open to the public.

101 LeConte Hall

In a two-part mini-series, experts from UGA's history faculty will provide context and answer questions on the crises of the day: first Dr. Joseph Kellner on the war in Ukraine, then Dr. Kevin Jones on the major, ongoing protests in Iran.

This is a free and public event.

Refreshments will be served.

150 Zell Miller Learning Center

Join us as our faculty provide a historical context on current crises in the news and answer questions on the history of events. History Behind the Headlines is not an academic debate or political event, but a talk of historical events which often help inform our understanding of todays news.

"History Behind the Headlines: The Gaza War and the Future of…

101 LeConte Hall

This installment of the Department of History’s undergraduate lecture series features Dr. Kevin Jones, who presents the question, "How did oil wealth make the people of Iraq poorer?"

Professor Jones teaches courses in the history of the Middle East, and he is currently writing a book on the political functions of poetry in Iraq between the first and second…

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