Jacqueline Jones

Past President

Jacqueline Jones is Ellen C. Temple Chair in Women's History and Mastin Gentry White Professor of Southern History at the University of Texas at Austin. She is the author of several books in US women's, African American, southern, and labor history, including Labor of Love, Labor of Sorrow: Black Women, Work and the Family from Slavery to the Present (1985; rev. 2010), which was awarded the Bancroft Prize in American History and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in History (1986), and A Dreadful Deceit: The Myth of Race from the Colonial Era to Obama's America (2013), which also was a Pulitzer finalist. She was a MacArthur Fellow from 1999 to 2004. She served as a member of the Research Division of the AHA Council from 1996 to 1999, and as the vice president for the Professional Division from 2011 to 2014. She is the product of public schools, from K-12 in Christiana, Delaware; to the University of Delaware (BA in American Studies) and the University of Wisconsin-Madison (PhD in History). She supports the AHA's commitments to the study and teaching of history, fair and adequate compensation for historians regardless of where they are employed, diversity in the historical profession, expansive access to historical archives, and the education of the wider public about history and its significance for all of us today.