Keywords : Russia Armenia Caucasus (Georgia and Azerbaijan) Contemporary History Historical Research
Country : United States
Organization : Mount Holyoke College
ResearchGate profile : https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Stephen_Jones12/publications
Stephen Jones has been a member of the Mount Holyoke College faculty since 1989. He is an expert on post-communist societies in the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. Jones has briefed the U.S. Department of State on a regular basis, as well as a number of U.S. ambassadors to Georgia.
From 1989 to 1991, during the collapse of the Soviet Union, Jones was repeatedly called upon by the New York Times, the McNeil-Lehrer News Hour, and National Geographic magazine for background information. In 1992, he was included in a New York Times article discussing Georgia's future. Additionally, he has participated in five different news programs with the BBC World Service as well as numerous American radio and TV stations, including NPR's Weekend Edition. In July 1996, Jones traveled to Georgia for the World Bank to examine the impact of economic reform on the lives of ordinary citizens in Caucasia and the following year traveled as a consultant to UNDP (United Nations Development Program) to Abkhazia, a secessionist region in Georgia, to investigate the plight of refugees.
Jones is also leading an ongoing effort to work with officials in Georgia to identify, preserve, and catalogue archival materials and employ contemporary library technologies to support the nation's archival and library systems. In 2003-2004, he directed two summer programs for Georgians funded by the U.S. State Department. The first was a Georgian Library Professionals program, the second a program on religious tolerance. In 2011, he was named a foreign member of the Georgian Academy of Sciences. That same year, Jones was awarded an honorary doctoral degree from Tbilisi State University, Georgia.
At Mount Holyoke, Jones has taught Nationalism: East and West, Post-Soviet Foreign Policy, and The Rise and Fall of the Soviet Empire. Coconvening six conferences, Jones has published widely, including dozens of articles, chapters, and book reviews on contemporary events in the Commonwealth of Independent States.
The Caucasus Under Soviet Rule 2012 Revolutionary Russia
Reflections on the Rose Revolution 2012 European Security
Introduction: Georgia's domestic front 2009 Central Asian Survey
The Caucasian mountain railway project. a victory for glasnost'? 2007 Central Asian Survey
Democracy from Below? Interest Groups in Georgian Society 2000 Slavic Review
Clash in the Caucasus: Georgia, Russia, and the Fate of South Ossetia 2008 Origins: Current Events in Historical Perspective
War and Revolution in the Caucasus: Georgia Ablaze 2013
Georgia: A Political History Since Independence 2015
The Georgian language state program and its implications 1995 The Georgian language state program and its implications
The Rose Revolution: A Revolution without Revolutionaries? 2006 Cambridge Review of International Affairs
Between ideology and pragmatism: social democracy and the economic transition in Georgia 1918-21 2014 Caucasus Survey