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Middle East Expert Joins Political Science Department

Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership

Middle East Expert Joins Political Science Department


Middle-East specialist Calvert Jones focuses on civic role played by Gulf leaders.

The Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership announces Assistant Professor Calvert Jones, a rising Middle East specialist from Yale University, as the newest member of its Department of Political Science. Jones, who received her Ph.D. in 2013, joins two other new department faculty members, Jeffrey Kucik of Emory University and Nicholas R. Smith of the University of Chicago, in deepening the department’s substantial international expertise. 
Jones brings to the department subfield specialties in Middle East politics, comparative politics, international relations, and quantitative methodology, and her research interests include international security, political socialization and culture, Arab education reform, and networked collaboration. 
She is known for tackling difficult research topics, including assessing the relative danger of illicit networks such as Al-Qaida, and, recently, examining the unanticipated consequences of state leaders’ attempts to shape their citizens through social engineering. In 2014, her work was selected by the Comparative Democratization Section of the American Political Science Association to receive Honorable Mention for the Best Fieldwork Award. She has also been cited in publications such as The New Yorker and Science. 
Her current book project, Bedouins into Bourgeois: Remaking Citizens for a Global Market Era, focuses on citizen building in the Middle East to engineer stronger market cultures. Specifically, it demonstrates the ways that leaders’ social engineering strategies, such as educational reform, spectacles, and other methods of indoctrination, can backfire, creating not entrepreneurial citizens, but a super-entitled population with little interest in private-sector work.
Jones’s recent papers and presentations include:
● “How Autocrats Think: Liberal Social Engineering in an Illiberal State,” Perspectives on Politics (forthcoming in March 2015);
●“Exploring the Microfoundations of International Community: Toward a Theory of Enlightened Nationalism,” International Studies Quarterly (forthcoming in November 2014);
●“Assessing the Dangers of Illicit Networks: Why Al-Qaida May Be Less Dangerous Than Many Think,” International Security; 
●“Intelligence Reform: The Logic of Information Sharing,” Intelligence and National Security; 
Jones holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Columbia University, a master’s degree in information management from the University of California, Berkeley, and a master’s degree in international relations from the University of Cambridge, where she studied as a Gates Scholar. 

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