Stephen Jones has been a member of the Mount Holyoke College faculty since 1989. He is an expert on post-communist societies in the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. Jones has briefed the U.S. Department of State on a regular basis, as well as a number of U.S. ambassadors to Georgia.
From 1989 to 1991, during the collapse of the Soviet Union, Jones was repeatedly called upon by the New York Times, the McNeil-Lehrer News Hour, and National Geographic magazine for background information. In 1992, he was included in a New York Times article discussing Georgia's future. Additionally, he has participated in five different news programs with the BBC World Service as well as numerous American radio and TV stations, including NPR's Weekend Edition. In July 1996, Jones traveled to Georgia for the World Bank to examine the impact of economic reform on the lives of ordinary citizens in Caucasia and the following year traveled as a consultant to UNDP (United Nations Development Program) to Abkhazia, a secessionist region in Georgia, to investigate the plight of refugees.
Jones is also leading an ongoing effort to work with officials in Georgia to identify, preserve, and catalogue archival materials and employ contemporary library technologies to support the nation's archival and library systems. In 2003-2004, he directed two summer programs for Georgians funded by the U.S. State Department. The first was a Georgian Library Professionals program, the second a program on religious tolerance. In 2011, he was named a foreign member of the Georgian Academy of Sciences. That same year, Jones was awarded an honorary doctoral degree from Tbilisi State University, Georgia.
At Mount Holyoke, Jones has taught Nationalism: East and West, Post-Soviet Foreign Policy, and The Rise and Fall of the Soviet Empire. Coconvening six conferences, Jones has published widely, including dozens of articles, chapters, and book reviews on contemporary events in the Commonwealth of Independent States. His books include:
- Socialism in Georgian Colors: The European Road to Social Democracy, 1883–1917, Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2005
- War and Revolution in the Caucasus: Georgia Ablaze, (ed.) London: Routledge, 2010
- Georgia: A Political History of Independence, London: I.B. Tauris, 2012
- The Making of Modern Georgia: The First Georgian Republic and Its Successors, 1918–2010, (ed.) London, Routledge, 2014
Jones also served as the English-language editor-in-chief of kartlis tskhovreba (The History of Georgia), which was edited in Georgian by Roin Metreveli and published by the Georgian Academy of Sciences and Artanuji Publishers in 2014.
Prior to joining the Mount Holyoke faculty, Jones taught Soviet politics at the University of California at Santa Cruz (1986), at the University of London (1986-1988), and at Oxford University (1988-1989). He has received numerous grants, fellowships, and awards from Harvard, London, and Oxford universities, as well as from IREX, the Smith Richardson Foundation, and the Institute of Advanced Study at Princeton.
A native of England, Jones is fluent in Georgian and reads Russian and French fluently.
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- "Experts Divided Over Whether Sanctions Against Russia are Working," Voice of America, October 15, 2014
- "Difficult Dialogues: Stephen Jones on Recent Developments in Russia & Ukraine," Office of Communications and Marketing, October 13, 2014
- "South Ossetia's unwanted independence," Open Democracy, June 10, 2014
- "Russia's unhealthy foreign policy will come back to haunt it soon," The Conversation, April 29, 2014
- "Violence in Ukraine," WGBY 57, March 17, 2014
- "Stephen Jones Speaks on Violence in Ukraine," Office of Communications, February 21, 2014
- "Georgia through a glass, darkly," OpenDemocracy, November 18, 2013
- "Former Soviet Republic's Democratic Transition Questioned,"NPR, August 8, 2013
- "Jones Chronicles Modern History of Georgia," Office of Communications, November 27, 2012
- "Stephen Jones Takes a Fresh Look at Russo-Georgian War,"Office of Communications, August 24, 2010
- "MHC's Jones Speaks on Attack on Tskhinvali," Georgian Daily Independent Voice, September 1, 2009
- "Biden Remarks Anger Russian Officials," Voice of America,August 13, 2009
- Jones Speaks on Obama and Russian Relations," Voice of America, December 4, 2008
- "Clash in the Caucasus: Georgia, Russia, and the Fate of South Ossetia," Origins, October 22, 2008
- "Yurt Construction," Flickr, September 24,2008
- "A Tragedy For All," Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty, August 10, 2008
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