Degree: PhD 2008 University of Wisconsin at Madison, Geography
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Phone Number: (808) 956-7683
Ph.D.: 2008 University of Wisconsin at Madison, Geography
MS.: 2004 University of Wisconsin at Madison, Geography
BS.: 1998 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Biology
GEOG 151 - Human Geography and Contemporary Society
GEOG 335 - Politics, Nations, and States
GEOG 695 - Concepts and Theories in Geography
GEOG 735 - Seminar in Political Geography
I am a political geographer and I study the changing role political boundaries play in the contemporary world. My current research investigates the global trend towards hardened political borders with an emphasis on border fencing projects in the United States, Israel, and India. Beyond the immediate physical and symbolic consequences of the barriers, I am interested in theorizing what the securitization of border spaces means for conceptions of territory, sovereignty, and the state.
Jones, R. 2012. Border Walls: Security and the War on Terror in the United States, India, and Israel. London: Zed Books.
Barbour, B. and Jones, R. (Forthcoming). 'Criminals, terrorists and outside agitators: Representation tropes in the July 5 Xinjiang, China riots' Accepted for publication in Geopolitics.
Jones, R. 2012. 'Spaces of refusal: Rethinking sovereign power and resistance at the border' Annals of the Association of American Geographers. 102(3): 685-699.
Rosière, S. and Jones, R. 2012. 'Teichopolitics: Reconsidering globalization through the role of walls and fences' Geopolitics.17: 217-234.
Jones, R. 2011. 'Border security, 9/11, and the enclosure of civilization' The Geographical Journal. 177(3): 213-217.
Jones, R. 2011. 'Dreaming of a golden Bengal: Discontinuities of place and identity in South Asia' Asian Studies Review. 35(3): 373-395.
Johnson, C., Jones, R., Paasi, A., Amoore, L., Mountz, A., Salter, M., and Rumford, C. 2011. ‘Intervention: Rethinking the border in border studies’ Political Geography. 30(2): 61-69.
Jones, R. 2011. ‘Political geography and national boundaries’ in Stoltzman, J. ed. Geography for the 21st Century London: Sage.
Jones, R. 2011. . ‘Searching for the greatest Bengali: The BBC and shifting identity categories in South Asia’ reprinted in Heath, D. and Mathur, C. eds. Communalism and Globalisation in South Asia and Its Diaspora London: Routledge.
Jones, R. 2010. ‘The spatiality of boundaries’ Progress in Human Geography. 34(2) 263-267.
Jones, R. 2010. ‘Indian and Bangladeshi border enclaves: The forgotten lands’ pp. 15-32 in Diener, A. and Hagen, J. eds. Borderlines and Borderlands: Political Oddities at the Edge of the Nation-State New York: Rowman Littlefield.
Jones, R. 2009. ‘Sovereignty and statelessness in the border enclaves of India and Bangladesh’ Political Geography 28(6): 373-381.
Jones, R. 2009. ‘Agents of exception: Border security and the marginalization of Muslims in India’ Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 27(5): 879-897.
Jones, R. 2009. ‘Geopolitical boundary narratives, the global war on terror, and border fencing in India’ Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers 34(3): 290-304.
Jones, R. 2009. ‘Categories, borders, and boundaries’ Progress in Human Geography 33(2): 174-189.
Jones, R. 2008. ‘Searching for the greatest Bengali: The BBC and shifting identity categories in South Asia’ National Identities 10(2): 149-165.
Jones, R. 2007. ‘Sacred cows and thumping drums: Claiming territory as “zones of tradition” in British India’ Area 39(1): 55-65.
Jones, R. 2006. ‘Whose homeland? Territoriality and religious nationalism in pre-partition Bengal’ South Asia Research 26(2): 115-131.
Jones, R. 2005. . ‘Core area: Core and periphery’ in McColl, R.W. ed. The Encyclopedia of World Geography New York: Facts on File.