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 and The New Yorker.
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