David L. Jones, Doctoral Candidate in Political Science

Welcome! My name is David Jones and I am a sixth year PhD candidate in Political Science at the University at Albany-SUNY.   The purpose of this site is to provide background information on myself, my interests as a scholar, and my academic credentials.  I've also used this site in the past to store information for my students. 

My major field of field interest in teaching and research is Public Law.  I have specific research interests in legal mobilization, law and society, and civil rights & civil liberties. More broadly, I enjoy ruminating on the ways that litigating acts as a resource to achieve social change. My minor field is American Politics with specific interests in social movements, American Political Development, and the presidency.  

My passion in graduate school has been teaching and I am committed to improving and excelling in that area.  In sum, I have have spent five semesters as an instructor of record and six semesters as a teaching assistant.  The two courses I have taught are: Law, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (three times); and Law and Policy (twice).  I have also taught on-line versions of Law, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity after completing the University's On-line Course Development Program. 

For six semesters I was a teaching assistant for Introduction to American Politics under four different sets of instructors: Dr. Sally Friedman, Dr. Anne Hildreth, Dr. Bruce Miroff, and Dr. Patricia Strach.  This gave me an incredible array experiences in approaches to teaching and course development.  Thanks to this experience and my time at the Institute of Teaching and Learning (ITLAL) I have grown a great deal as an instructor and developed an interest in pedagogical training.  

In the future I hope to have the opportunity to teach a wide array of courses including the following: Introduction to Govt. (or Politics), the Presidency, American Political Development, Public Opinion and Participation, Introduction to Public Policy, Introduction to Public Law, Constitutional Law I and II, Law & LGBTQ Rights, the First Amendment, the American Supreme Court, Law & Society, Law & Policy, and Social Movements and the Law, as well as other courses.  

My dissertation is tentative titled: While Marriage Was Won: How Focused Litigation Campaigns Affect the Legal Advocacy Industry.  The goal is to discover what effects sustained, focused litigation campaigns have on the development and priorities of legal advocacy organizations. As a case study, I will examine the concern that same-sex marriage litigation drew attention and resources away from other important issues within LGBTQ legal organizations.  The framework for the project relies on social movement scholarship as well as sociolegal work in legal mobilization and cause-lawyering.  My dissertation committee is chaired by my adviser and Department Chairperson, Dr. Julie Novkov.  The rest of my committee is comprised of Dr. Ellen Andersen and Dr. Matthew Ingram.

It is my goal to have a career at a four-year bachelors or masters granting institution where I can focus most of my energy into teaching and mentorship.  I have a sincere interest in continuing research and publishing however, I wish to spend the bulk of my time mentoring, advising, and teaching students.  

If you have any questions, comments, or requests you can reach me by email at: dlawjones@gmail.com 
The best way to reach me by mail is:  
Rockefeller College, Milne Hall, SUNY Albany
Attn: David Jones
135 Western Avenue, 
Albany, NY 12222