James Thomas Jones III received his B.A. in African-American and African Studies (AAAS), M.A. degrees in AAAS and History, and Ph.D. from The Ohio State University, teaches the United States history surveys as well as advanced courses covering his areas of expertise: African-American Studies, Modern U.S. History, Labor History, Women’s History, the Civil Rights Movement, Black Power Era, and Contemporary Black Popular Culture with a significant focus upon Hip-Hop culture. A specialist in contemporary African-American History, he has authored several articles upon topics as diverse as the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense, post Civil Rights America, Hip-Hop Culture, and the intersection of race, class, gender, and sports. Dr. Jones has three major projects he is currently working on the first is a refining of his manuscript “Creating Revolution as They Advance: The Revolutionary Years of the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense” and the second is the creation of PVAMU’s African-American and African Studies Program, and lastly, he is constructing a manuscript titled “The Black CNN: Reflections upon Hip-Hop Culture and Politics in the Twenty-First Century”. Dr. Jones, the recipient of the 2005 PVAMU Male Professor of the Year, also serves as the History Coordinator, primary advisor for the W.E.B. Du Bois History Club, National Director for Kappa Psi Omega, secondary Advisor for PVAMU’s NAACP Chapter, the Urban Reader’s Network, the Men’s Leadership Council, and has worked extensively with the Southern Conference of African-American Studies Inc.
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