Alumni (National Fellow)

Michele Jones

National Fellow
Ph.D. University of Virginia (2003)
Graduate School of Arts & Sciences
Dream Mentor:
Clarence Stone
University of Maryland
Fields of Interest:
African American History
American Political Development


Michele Jones received her Ph.D. in history from the University of Virginia in 2003. Her dissertation looked at the politics of a Southern city before and after it was forced to adopt majority-minority districts. In it she examined how the Voting Rights Act generated an enormous amount of scholarship while considering the empirical consequences of the act by looking at its impact on the descriptive and substantive representation of minorities.

Thesis Description:

Beyond Redistricting: How the Voting Rights Act Has Transformed Politics in a Southern City

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