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James M. Jones

Trustees' Distinguished Professor Emeritus
Director, Center for the Study of Diversity

Biography

Dr. Jones is Trustees' Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Psychological and Brain Sciences and Black American Studies and Director of the Center for the Study of Diversity at the University of Delaware, and former Executive Director for Public Interest and Director of the Minority Fellowship Program at the American Psychological Association. Dr. Jones earned a BA from Oberlin College and MA from Temple University, and his Ph.D. in social psychology from Yale University. He was a faculty member of the Psychology and Social Relations Department at Harvard University, and has taught in the Psychology Department at Howard University. He published the first edition of Prejudice and Racism in 1972, and the second edition in 1997. His most recent book, The Psychology of Diversity: Beyond prejudice and racism, with Jack Dovidio and Deborah Vietze, was published in 2014. In 1973, Dr. Jones spent a year in Trinidad & Tobago on a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship studying Calypso humor. This work led to the development of the TRIOS model of the Psychology of African American culture. Dr. Jones is a social psychologist and serves on several editorial boards, including the Journal of Black Psychology, and is past-President of the Society of Experimental Social Psychology and the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues. His numerous awards include the 1999 Lifetime Achievement Award of the Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnicity, Culture and Race; the 2001 Kurt Lewin Award and the 2009 Distinguished Service Award by the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues; the 2007 Distinguished Psychologist Award by the Association of Black Psychologists; the 2011 Lifetime Contribution to Psychology award from the American Psychological Association; the 2018 Gold Medal Award for Life Achievement in Psychology in the Public Interest, and most recently, the 2018 Morton Deutsch Award for Distinguished Contributions to Social Justice from the International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution at Columbia Teachers College.

Degrees

Ph.D., Yale University

Courses Regularly Taught

PSYC416: Black Psychology

PSYC806: Social Cognition

PSYC467/867: Psychology of Time

PSYC808: Personality in Social Context

Recent Publications

Jones, J.M. (2015). The Color-Blind Approach: Does Race Really Matter? In H.A. Neville, M. E. Gallardo and D. W. Sue (Eds.) The Myth of Racial Color Blindness: Manifestations, Dynamics, and Impact. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Jones, J.M., Leitner, J.B. Marshall, C.E., Jing, Y. & Lee, J.M. (2015). Characteristics and consequences of temporal orientation for Psychological Well-being: Learning from the Past, Fearing the Future and Living for Today. In M. P., da Silva, J. T., Ortuño, V., & Cordeiro, P. (Eds.), International Studies on Time Perspective(pp. 149-154). Coimbra, Portugal: University of Coimbra Press. doi:10.13140/RG.2.1.1602.0008

Jones, J.M., Dovidio, J.F. & Vietze, D.L. (2014) The psychology of diversity: Beyond prejudice and racism. New York: Wiley.

Jones, J.M. & Leitner, J.B. (2014) The Sankofa Effect: Divergent Effects of Thinking about the Past for Blacks and Whites. Nicolas Fieulaine, Maciej Stolarski & Wessel VanBeek (Eds.) Time perspective : Theory, research and application : Essays in Honor of Philip G. Zimbardo, London, Springer Publishers.

Jones, J.M. (2014) The Middle Way: Internalizing, Externalizing, and Balance in Life. In E.J.R. David (Ed), Internalized Oppression: The Psychology of Marginalized Groups (pp. 281-290). New York:Springer Publishing.

Leitner, J.B., Jones, J.M. & Hehman, E.H. (2013) Succeeding in the Face of Stereotype Threat: The Adaptive Role of Engagement Regulation. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 39, 16 – 26.DOI: 10.1177/0146167212463083.

Jones, J.M. (2012) From Racial Inequality to Social Justice: The Legacy of Brown v. Board and Lessons from the New South Africa. In, D. Slaughter-Defoe (Ed.), Messages for Educational Leadership: The Constance E. Clayton Lectures 1998-2007. Philadelphia: Peter Lang Academic Publishing Group

Jones, J.M. (2010) I'm White and You're Not: The Value of Unraveling Ethnocentric Science. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 5(6), 700-707.

Jones, J.M. (2010) Diversity Science: The longest journey begins with the first step. Psychological Inquiry, 21, 127-133.

Representative Publications

Jones, J.M. (1997) Prejudice and racism, Second edition. New York: McGraw-Hill.

Jones, J.M. (2010) Diversity Science: The longest journey begins with the first step. Psychological Inquiry, 21, 127-133.

Jones, J.M. (2006) From racial inequality to social justice: The legacy of Brown v. Board and lessons from South Africa. Journal of Social Issues, 62(4), 885-909.

Jones, J.M. (2003) TRIOS: A Psychological Theory of African Legacy in American Culture. Journal of Social Issues, 59, 217-241.

Jones, J.M. , Lynch, P.D., Tenglund, A.A. & Gaertner , S.G. (2000) Toward a Diversity Hypothesis: Multidimensional Effects of Intergroup Contact. Applied and Preventive Psychology, 9(1), 53-62.

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