John Paul Jones III

Dean, Global Education

Professor, Geography/Regional Development

J.P. Jones III is Dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and Professor in the School of Geography and Development. His work includes over 100 articles, book chapters, and essays, seven edited books, and fifteen awards from the National Science Foundation (NSF).  He is the past editor of his field’s flagship journal, the Annals of the Association of American Geographers. 

J.P. is a human geographer with a long held interest in the history of geographic thought and geographic methodology. He has been active in debates over spatial science and contributed methodologically to the spatial contextualization of regression models. He has written on theories of social space and is a contributor to debates on scale within geography.  Most of his work since the 1990s has been informed by developments in critical social and cultural theory, especially poststructuralism.

J.P.’s recent or current NSF-funded collaborations include examinations of (a) the globalization of the civil society sector in Oaxaca, Mexico; (b) the socio-political foundations of mosquito management in southern Arizona; and (c) the co-productions of scientists and artists in areas of climate change, geovisualization, and bioart.

Research Interests:  Civil Society and Globalization; geographies of race, gender and indigeneity; critical geographic methodology; social and cultural theory; Mexico