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Martha S. Jones

Tuesday, August 18, 2020
10:45am EDT

Location CHQ Assembly Video Platform

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"Amending The Constitution, A Difficult Task"

Martha S. Jones is the Society of Black Alumni Presidential Professor and Professor of History at The Johns Hopkins University, and a legal and cultural historian. In a week exploring how the history of the Constitution impacts contemporary American society, Jones will discuss the rare few times the Constitution has been amended, particularly in regards to the Fourteenth Amendment and birthright citizenship. 

Jones is the author of Birthright Citizens: A History of Race and Rights in Antebellum America and All Bound Up Together: The Woman Question in African American Public Culture 1830-1900, and a co-editor of Toward an Intellectual History of Black Women. Her latest, Vanguard: A History of African American Women’s Politics, is to be published in 2020 in conjunction with the 19th Amendment’s centennial.

Jones has written for The Washington Post, The Atlantic, USA Today, Public Books, the Chronicle of Higher Education, and Time; the curatorship of museum exhibitions including “Reframing the Color Line” and “Proclaiming Emancipation” in conjunction with the William L. Clements Library; and collaborations with the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, the Charles Wright Museum of African American History, the Southern Poverty Law Center, PBS, Netflix, and Arte (France).

Previously, Jones spent 16 years teaching history, law, and African American studies at the University of Michigan, where she was a Presidential Bicentennial Professor. Prior to her academic career, Jones was a public interest litigator in New York City, recognized for her work as a Charles H. Revson Fellow on the Future of the City of New York at Columbia University. She currently serves as a president of the Berkshire Conference of Women Historians, and on the Organization of American Historians Executive Board.

Jones holds a Ph.D. in history from Columbia University and a J.D. from the CUNY School of Law.

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