William D. Jones

Visiting Assistant Professor


Ph.D., History, Rice University, 2020

M.A., History, Rice University, 2017

B.A., History, Tulane University, 2013       


Dr. William D. Jones is an historian of the nineteenth century United States, with an emphasis on the experiences of enslaved persons who survived forced migration to the Lower Mississippi Valley. His dissertation, "Remaking African America in the Lower Mississippi Valley, 1790-1860," was a finalist for the best dissertation prize of the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic. Dr. Jones has extensive experience with digital humanities projects. From 2022 to 2023, he served as a historian for Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy.

Selected Courses:


HIST 1301 U.S. History to 1876

HIST 1302 U.S. History Sn 1876

HIST 3399 Special Topics in History