Thai S Jones

Education

Ph.D. – Columbia University 2012
M.S. – Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism 2002
B.A. – Vassar College 1999

 

Interests and Research

Thai Jones studies radical social movements, New York City history, and Environmental History in the United States. He is the author of two books. The latest, More Powerful Than Dynamite: Radicals, Plutocrats, Progressives, and New York's Year of Anarchy (Bloomsbury, 2014 [2012]), rediscovers a forgotten political crisis that roiled New York City in the early twentieth century. His first book, A Radical Line: From the Labor Movement to the Weather Underground, One Family's Century of Conscience (Free Press, 2004), explored his own family’s long history of political dissent against the backdrop of twentieth century social movements. He is currently working on Boomtown, a history of labor and the environment in Progressive Era gold-mining communities. Before becoming Lehman Curator, Jones was an assistant professor of history at the Bard College Master of Arts in Teaching Program. Formerly a reporter for Newsday, his writings have appeared in a variety of national publications, ranging from the New York Times to The Nation, to the Occupied Wall Street Journal. 

Books

My Midnight Years: Surviving Jon Burge's Police Torture Ring and Death Row, with Ronald Kitchen and Logan M. McBride (Chicago Review Press, expected 2018)
Boomtown: An Environmental and Labor history of Gold Mining (Harvard University Press, expected 2019)
More Powerful Than Dynamite: Radicals, Plutocrats, Progressives, and New York's Year of Anarchy (Bloomsbury, 2012)
Radical Line: From the Labor Movement to the Weather Underground, One Family's Century of Conscience (Free Press, 2004)

Courses Taught

Senior Thesis Seminar (Barnard College)
American Environment History (Barnard College)
The Sixties in the Archive
Labor, Nature, and Capital in the Archive
The History of Capitalism in the Archive
Columbia University and Slavery
American Radicalism, 1877-1939