Sociology and Anthropology Department
Fields: political and economic anthropology; African studies; informal economy and the anthropology of development; youth and masculinity; time and temporality.
Jeremy L. Jones received his Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Chicago in 2012. Prior to graduate school, he spent seven years working in the non-profit and non-governmental sector, both in the US and in Africa. His academic research is broadly concerned with the interweaving of economic action and everyday life. In his current project, Jeremy focuses on young, formally unemployed men living in an urban township near the Zimbabwean capital, Harare. He pays special attention to these youths' experience of Zimbabwe's record-breaking bout of hyperinflation, and their strategies for making money in seemingly impossible circumstances.
In 2013-14, Jeremy will be teaching a senior seminar on the Informal Economy in Africa (ANTH 399-01), which will examine the nature of "informality" and its ramifications for broader social and political trends in Africa. In addition, he will also teach The Anthropological Perspective (ANTH 101-02) and a mid-level course on the anthropology of contemporary Africa.
Jones, J. L. (2010). "Freeze! Movement, Narrative and the Disciplining of Price in Hyperinflationary Zimbabwe." Social Dynamics 36(2): 338-351.
Jones, J. L. (2010). "'Nothing Is Straight in Zimbabwe': The Rise of the Kukiya-Kiya Economy 2000-2008."Journal of Southern African Studies 36(2): 285-299.