Department of History

West Chester University

506 Main Hall
Phone: 610-436-3220
Fax: 610-436-3069


James Jones

James Jones

Professor of History

Office Location: 519 Main Hall
Phone: 610-436-0730
Email: jjones@wcupa.edu

Teaching Interests:

Modern Africa; Industrialization and Development; Research Methods; and local history.

Current Research:

The experience of African-Americans who served in the first Peace Corps contingent to Ghana in 1961

Brief Biography:

Professor Jones holds a doctorate in modern African history from the University of Delaware (1995), a B.Sc. in Mathematics from the same institution in 1976, and an M.A. in Modern European history from the same institution in 1989. Prior to joining the faculty of West Chester University in Fall 2000, Dr. Jones was an adjunct professor of history at Wesley College in Dover Delaware. He is the author of Industrial Labor in the Colonial World: The African Workers of the Chemin de Fer Dakar-Niger (Heinemann, 2002) as well as numerous articles and book chapters on the history of that region. He has also written two books about the industrial history of West Chester, Pennsylvania, called Made in West Chester (self- published 2003) and Railroads of West Chester (self- published 2006).