Welcome. I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Government and Politics at the University of Maryland - College Park. Between 2013 and 2015, I was an Assistant Professor at City University of New York - City College in the Department of Political Science. I earned my Ph.D. from Yale University in political science with subfield certifications in comparative politics, international relations, Middle East politics, and methodology. My research focuses broadly on social engineering, citizen-building, and political socialization in authoritarian contexts, with a focus on the Middle East. My book, Bedouins into Bourgeois: Remaking Citizens for Globalization, was published by Cambridge University Press in June 2017. Earlier published research focuses on international security, non-state networks, and the social and organizational drivers of innovation. My work has been cited in Science, The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Arab Weekly, and Times Higher Education.
Before beginning my doctoral work, I earned an M.Phil. in international relations from the University of Cambridge, where I was a Gates Scholar. I co-authored an article in International Security challenging the conventional wisdom that networked structures make non-state actors particularly effective. I also hold a master's degree in information management from the University of California, Berkeley, where I studied technology and innovation.
Before Berkeley, I worked in international development for World Learning in Washington, D.C., with field assignments in Vietnam and the Balkans (the STAR network) focusing on women's entrepreneurial development. I earned my bachelor's degree from Columbia University in May 2003, with a major in philosophy and a minor in computer science. My childhood was split between Japan and the United States: the first nine years of my life were spent in Japan, where I was born, and the next nine years in Silver Spring, MD.
Calvert W. Jones
University of Maryland - College Park
Department of Government and Politics
2116 Chincoteague Hall
College Park, MD 20742
Email: cwjones AT umd.edu