John Paul Jones III


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John Paul (JP) Jones III


  • Ph.D., 1984, Ohio State University
  • M.S., 1979, Florida State University
  • B.A., 1977, University of Florida

John Paul (JP) Jones III (Ph.D. Ohio State University)

Don Bennett Moon Dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS)
Professor in the School of Geography, Development & Environment

Before being named Dean of SBS in 2010, Jones was Director of the then Department of Geography and Regional Development. His research centers on geographic methodology and the integration of spatial theory and social theory. Recently, he has studied the globalization of the civil society sector in Oaxaca, Mexico; the socio-political foundations of mosquito management in southern Arizona; and the co-productions of scientists and artists in the areas of climate change, geovisualization, and bioart.

Jones has written more than 100 articles and book chapters, edited seven books, and received numerous research grants from the National Science Foundation. He is the past editor of his field’s flagship journal, the Annals of the Association of American Geographers and past co-editor of Dialogues in Human Geography. He is the editor of Wiley-Blackwell’s book series, “Critical Introductions to Geography.” Jones was recognized by his professional organization, the Association of American Geographers, with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015.

Before coming to the UA in 2003, Jones taught at the University of Kentucky and San Diego State University. He has held visiting appointments at University College Dublin, the University of Nimegen in the Netherlands, the Universitat de Girona in Spain, and the London School of Economics.



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Selected Books

Research Methods in Geography: A Critical Introduction (co-edited with Basil Gomez).  New York: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010. Ѱ

The Sage Handbook of Social Geographies (co-edited with Sallie A. Marston, Susan J. Smith, and Rachel Pain).  Los Angeles: Sage, 2010. Ѱ

Thresholds in Feminist Geography: Difference, Methodology, Representation (co-edited with Heidi J. Nast and Susan M. Roberts). Boulder, Colorado: Rowman and Littlefield, 1997.  Ѱ

Objectivity and its Other (co‑edited with Wolfgang Natter and Theodore R. Schatzki). New York: Guilford, 1995. Ѱ

Postmodern Contentions: Epochs, Politics, Space (co‑edited with Wolfgang Natter and Theodore R. Schatzki). New York: Guilford, 1993. Ѱ


Selected Articles/Book Chapters

On Scale and Site Ontology

“Human Geography without Scale” (with Sallie A. Marston and Keith Woodward), Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, Vol. 30, No. 4, 2005, pp. 416-432.  Ѱ

“Flattening Ontologies of Globalization: The Nollywood Case” (with Sallie A. Marston and Keith Woodward), Globalizations, Vol. 4, No. 1, 2007, pp. 45-63.  Ѱ

“Situating Flatness” (with Sallie Marston and Keith Woodward), Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, Vol. 34, No. 2, 2007, pp. 264-276.  Ѱ

“Downsizing Wal-Mart: A Reply to Prytherch” (with Keith Woodward and Sallie A. Marston), Urban Geography, Vol. 29, No. 1, 2008, pp. 78-84.  Ѱ

“Of Eagles and Flies: Orientations toward the Site” (with Sallie Marston and Keith Woodward), Area, Vol. 42, No. 3, 2010, pp. 271-280.  Ѱ

“Scales and Networks” (with Sallie Marston and Keith Woodward), in A Companion to Human Geography, John A. Agnew and James S. Duncan, eds. New York: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010, pp. 404-414.  Ѱ

“The Politics of Autonomous Space” (with Sallie A. Marston and Keith Woodward), Progress in Human Geography, Vol. 36, No. 2, 2012, pp. 204-224.  Ѱ

"The Tactile Topologies of Contagion" (with Deborah P. Dixon), Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, Vol. 40, No. 2, 2015, pp. 223-234.  Ѱ

"Neil Smith's Scale" (with Helga Leitner, Sallie A. Marston and Eric Sheppard), Antipode, Vol. 49, No. S1, 2017, pp. 138-152.  Ѱ

"Scale and Anti-Scale", in The International Encyclopedia of Geography, Douglas Richardson, Noel Castree, Michael F. Goodchild, Audrey Kobayashi, Weidong Liu, and Richard A. Marston, eds. Oxford: John Wiley and Sons Ltd., 2017, 9 pp.  Ѱ

"Fixity and Fluidity", in The International Encyclopedia of Human Geography, 2nd Edition, Audrey Kobayashi, ed. Amsterdam: Elsevier, 2020, pp. 159-163. Ѱ


On Geography and Socio-Cultural Theory

“Pets or Meat? Class, Ideology, and Space in Roger & Me” (with Wolfgang Natter), Antipode, Vol. 25, No. 2, 1993, pp. 140-158.  Ѱ

“Signposts toward a Poststructuralist Geography” (with Wolfgang Natter), in Postmodern Contentions: Epochs, Politics, and Space, John Paul Jones III, Wolfgang Natter, and Theodore R. Schatzki, eds. New York: Guilford, 1993, pp. 165-204.  Ѱ

"Democracy, Identity, Space" (with Pamela Moss), in Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, Vol. 13., No. 3, 1995, pp. 237-257. ψ

“For a Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious Scientific Geography” (with Deborah P. Dixon), Annals of the Association of American Geographers, Vol. 86, No. 4, 1996, pp. 767-779.  Ѱ

"Identity, Space, and other Uncertainties” (with Wolfgang Natter), in Space and Social Theory: Geographical Interpretations of Postmodernity, Georges Benko and Ulf Strohmayer, eds.  Oxford: Blackwell, 1997, pp. 141-161.  Ѱ

“My Dinner with Derrida, or Spatial Analysis and Poststructuralism do Lunch” (with Deborah P. Dixon), Environment and Planning A, Vol. 30, No. 2, 1998, pp. 247-260.  Ѱ

“The Street Politics of Jackie Smith” in The Blackwell Companion to the City, Gary Bridge and Sophie Watson, eds.  Oxford: Blackwell, 2000, pp. 448-459. Updated and republished in The New Blackwell Companion to the City, Gary Bridge and Sophie Watson, eds. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2011, pp. 476-487.  Ѱ

"Methodological Frameworks for the Geography of Organizations" (with Vincent J. Del Casino, Andrew Grimes, and Stephen Hanna), Geoforum, Vol. 31, No. 4, 2000, pp. 523-538.  Ѱ

“White Socio-Spatial Epistemologies” (with Owen Dwyer), Social & Cultural Geography, Vol. 1, No. 2, 2000, pp. 209-222.  Ѱ

“Reading Geography through Binary Oppositions” in Handbook of Cultural Geography, Kay Anderson, Mona Domosh, Steve Pile, and Nigel Thrift, eds.  Thousand Oaks: Sage Publishers, 2003, 511-519. Ѱ

“What Next?” (with Deborah P. Dixon), Environment and Planning A, Vol. 36, No. 3, 2004, pp. 381-390.  Ѱ

“On the Border with Deleuze and Guattari” (with Keith A. Woodward), in B/ordering Space, Henk van Houtum, Olivier Kramsch, and Wolfgang Zierhofer, eds.  Aldershot: Ashgate, 2005, pp. 235-248.  Ѱ

“Derridian Geographies” (with Deborah Dixon), Antipode, Vol. 37, No. 2, 2005, pp. 242-245.  Ѱ

“Feminist Geographies of Difference, Relation, and Construction” (with Deborah Dixon), in Philosophies, People, Places and Practices: An Introduction to Approaches in Human Geography, Gill Valentine and Stuart Aitken, eds.  Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications, 2006, pp. 42-56. Ѱ

“Space for Social Inequality Researchers: A View from Geography” (with Vincent J. Del Casino, Jr.), in The Sociology of Spatial Inequality, Linda Lobao, Gregory Hooks, and Ann Tickamyer, eds.  Albany: State University of New York Press, 2007, pp. 233-251. Ѱ

"On the other hand … dialectics” (with Deborah Dixon and Keith Woodward), Environment and Planning A, Vol. 40, No. 11, 2008, pp. 2549-2561.  Ѱ

The Condition of Postmodernity: David Harvey” (with Keith Woodward), in Key Texts in Human Geography, Phil Hubbard, Rob Kitchin, and Gill Valentine, eds.  London: Sage Publications, 2008, pp. 125-134. Ѱ

“Poststructuralism/Poststructuralist Geographies,” (with Deborah P. Dixon and Keith Woodward), in The International Encyclopedia of Human Geography, Vol. 8, Rob Kitchin and Nigel Thrift, eds.  Oxford: Elsevier, 2009, pp. 396-407. Ѱ

“David Harvey,” (with Keith Woodward), in The International Encyclopedia of Human Geography, Vol. 5, Rob Kitchin and Nigel Thrift, eds.  Oxford: Elsevier, 2009, pp. 24-27. Ѱ

"Social Geographies of Difference”, in The Sage Handbook of Social Geographies, Susan J. Smith, Rachel Pain, Sallie A. Marston, and John Paul Jones III, eds.  Los Angeles: Sage, 2010, pp. 43-53. Ѱ

“One Sinister Hurricane: Simondon and Collaborative Visualization” (with Keith Woodward, Linda Vigdor, Harriett Hawkins, Sallie A. Marston, and Deborah P. Dixon), Annals of the Association of American Geographers, Vol. 105, No. 3, pp. 496-511. Ѱ


On Mexico and the Globalization of NGOs

“Imagining the Mexican Election” (with Oliver Fröhling and Carole Gallaher), Antipode, Vol. 33, No. 1, 2001, pp. 1-16.  Ѱ

“Making Güeras: Selling White Identities on Late-Night Mexican Television” (with Jamie Winders and Michael Higgins), Gender, Place and Culture, Vol. 12, No. 1, 2005, pp. 71-93.  Ѱ

“NGOs and the Globalization of Managerialism: A Research Framework” (with Susan M. Roberts and Oliver Fröhling), World Development, Vol. 33, No. 11, 2005, pp. 1845-1864.  Ѱ

“Mapping the Grassroots: NGO Formalization in Oaxaca, Mexico” (with Sarah Moore, Jamie Winders, Oliver Fröhling, and Susan M. Roberts), Journal of International Development, Vol. 19, No. 2, 2007, pp. 223-237.  Ѱ

“When Participation meets Empowerment: The WWF and the Politics of Invitation in Chimalapas, Mexico” (with David Walker, Susan M. Roberts, and Oliver Fröhling), Annals of the Association of American Geographers, Vol. 97, No. 2, 2007, pp. 423-444.  Ѱ

“Neoliberal Development through Technical Assistance: Constructing Communities of Entrepreneurial Subjects in Oaxaca, Mexico” (with Margath Walker, Susan M. Roberts, and Oliver Fröhling), Geoforum, Vol. 39, No. 2, 2008, pp. 527-542.  Ѱ

“Managerialism in Motion: Lessons from Oaxaca” (with Susan M. Roberts and Oliver Fröhling), Journal of Latin American Studies, Vol. 43, No. 4, 2011, pp. 633-662.  Ѱ


On Mosquitos

“Insects and Institutions: Managing Emergent Hazards in the US Southwest” (with Paul Robbins and Rayna Farnsworth), Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning, Vol. 10, No. 1, 2008, pp. 95-112.  Ѱ

“A Bug’s Life and the Spatial Ontologies of Mosquito Management” (with Paul Robbins and Ian Graham Ronald Shaw), Annals of the Association of American Geographers, Vol. 100, No. 2, 2010, pp. 373-392.  Ѱ 

"The Mosquito's Umwelt, or One Monster's Standpoint Ontology" (with Ian Graham Ronald Shaw and Melinda K. Butterworth"), Geoforum, 2013, Vol. 48, pp. 260-267.  Ѱ


On Google Earth

“Walter Benjamin’s Dionysian Adventures on Google Earth” (with Paul Kingsbury), Geoforum, Vol. 40, No. 4, 2009, pp. 502-513.  Ѱ

Repetita Juvant! A Reply to Eades” (with Paul Kingsbury), Geoforum, Vol. 41, No. 5, 2010, pp. 674-676.  Ѱ

“Google Earth as Dionysusphere” (with Paul Kingsbury), New Geographies, Issue 4 (“Scales of the Earth”), 2011, pp. 171-175.  Ѱ


On Spatial Heterogeneity

“Regional Shifts in the Manufacturing Productivity Response to Output Growth: Sunbelt vs. Snowbelt” (with Emilio Casetti), Urban Geography, Vol. 4, No. 4, 1983, pp. 285‑301.  Ѱ

“A Spatially‑Varying Parameter Model of AFDC Participation: Empirical Analysis Using the Expansion Method” The Professional Geographer, Vol. 36, No. 4, 1984, pp. 455‑461.  Ѱ

"Warped Space: A Geography of Distance-Decay" (with J Douglas Eldridge), The Professional Geographer, Vol. 43, No. 4, pp. 500-511. Ѱ

“Contingency, Realism, and the Expansion Method” (with Robert Q. Hanham), Geographical Analysis, Vol. 27, No. 3, 1995, pp. 185-207.  Ѱ








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