Welcome! My name is David L. Jones and I am currently a sixth year PhD student 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 (see CV / Resume). In this past I've also used this site to store information for my students.
My major field of field interest in teaching and research is Public Law. I have specific research interests related to the topics of legal mobilization, law and society, and civil rights & civil liberties. More broadly, I enjoy ruminating on the ways that litigating acts as a venue and resource for social change.
My minor field is American Politics and my interests here are 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 total, 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 TA for Introduction to American Politics under four different sets of instructors. This gave me an incredible array experiences in approaching to teaching and course development. Together with this and my time in the Institution of Teaching and Learning Program, 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 the following courses: 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 currently at the late-prospectus stage with the tentative title While Marriage Was Won: How Focused Litigation Effects Social Movement Organizations and their Priorities. The goal is to discover what effects sustained, focused litigation has on social movement organizations. As a case study, I will examine the concern that ssm-litigation has drawn internal attention and resources away from other important issues within the LGBTQ movement. This project relies on social movement scholarship as well as the rich frameworks developed by sociolegal scholars focused on legal mobilization and cause-lawyering. My dissertation committee is chaired by my adviser and Department Chair, Dr. Julie Novkov. Also on my committee are Dr. Ellen Andersen (University of Vermont) and Dr. Matthew Ingram.
Post-graduation I hope to have a career at a four-year bachelors or masters granting institution where I can focus most of my attention and energy into teaching. I have a sincere interests in continuing my research interests and publishing in those areas however I wish to spend the bulk of my time mentoring, advising, and teaching students.
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