David Crawford Jones

Senior Lecturer
Lecturer

Dr. David Crawford Jones is Senior Lecturer of African American and African Studies at The Ohio State University. A historian of modern Africa, Dr. Jones's research focuses on the history of corporal punishment in Namibia during the twentieth century, when traditional authorities deployed public flogging in order to discipline young men suspected of a variety of crimes, including cattle theft, rape, and disrespect for the kings and headmen who served as accomplices to the South African colonial regime that ruled the country until 1990. Through the use of both archival and oral evidence, he shows how traditional authorities used public corporal punishment in order to maintain a degree of legitimacy amongst their subjects. In addition, he argues that debates in the 1970s over the morality of public flogging anticipated many of the divisions of class, gender, and generation that would mark Namibian society after independence. He published an article in the Journal of African History in the summer of 2015, which received coverage in the Wilson Quarterly, and he is currently working on revising his dissertation, "Facing the Epokolo: Corporal Punishment and Scandal in Twentieth Century Ovamboland," into a book manuscript. Dr. Jones is also an avid scholar of the black musical traditions of the Atlantic world, and is interested in understanding how modern popular music reflects the lived experiences and social tensions of black communities in the United States, the Caribbean, and throughout the African continent.  

Publications

"Wielding the Epokolo: Corporal Punishment and Traditional Authority in Colonial Ovamboland." The Journal of African History. 56:02 (2015), 301-320. 

"Facing the Epokolo: Corporal Punishment and Scandal in Twentieth Century Ovamboland." Ph.D. dissertation, University at Albany, State University of New York, 2014. 

"Fractured Landscapes: Language and Identity in Post-Colonial Kenyan Music," Surround, Issue 2, Spring 2014. 

Fenway Park: 100 Years. New York: Major League Baseball Properties, 2011. 

"Women in Southern Africa During The Twentieth Century," The Oxford Encyclopedia of Women in World History. Bonnie G. Smith, ed. New York: Oxford University Press, 2008. 

"Winnie Mandela," The Oxford Encyclopedia of Women in World History. Bonnie G. Smith, ed. New York: Oxford University Press, 2008. 

Deadball Stars of the American League. Washington, DC: Potomac Books, 2007. 

" 'An Unusual Case': Dan Shay, Clarence Euell, Gertrude Anderson, and the Limits of Hoosier Progressivism," Indiana Magazine of History. 103:4 (2007), 349-378.

Joe DiMaggio: A Biography. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press, 2004. 

"Highlife," Oxford Music Around The World Encyclopedia (forthcoming). 

"Fela Kuti," Oxford Music Around The World Encyclopedia (forthcoming).

"Hugh Masekela," Oxford Music Around The World Encyclopedia (forthcoming). 

"Farm Boys and Mine Workers: Gendering the Migrant Labor Body in Colonial and Post-colonial Namibia," (journal article in progress). 

Facing the Epokolo: Corporal Punishment and Scandal in Modern Namibia (book manuscript in progress). 

Awards and Fellowships

Excellence in Teaching Award, University at Albany, State University of New York, 2014. 

Distinguished Dissertation Award, University at Albany, State University of New York, 2014.

J. William Fulbright Fellowship, Institute of International Education, 2008-2009. 

2008 Emma Lou and Gayle Thornbrough Award for the Best Article on Indiana History published in 2007, " 'An Unusual Case: Dan Shay, Clarence Euell, Gertrude Anderson and the Limits of Hoosier Progressivism," awarded by the editors of the Indiana Magazine of History

Bernadotte E. Schmitt Research Grant, American Historical Association, Summer 2007. 

2007 Arthur A. Ekirch Prize in History, Awarded by the Department of History, University at Albany.

2007 Arthur A. Ekirch Prize in American History, Awarded by the Department of History, University at Albany.

Presidential Scholarship, University at Albany, 2005-2008. 

 

Areas of Expertise
  • Colonial and Postcolonial Africa
  • Crime and Punishment
  • Gender and Masculinity
  • Black Popular Cultures
Education
  • BA, English and Creative Writing, The George Washington University, 1999
  • MA, U.S. History, SUNY Albany, 2007
  • PhD, International, Global and Comparative History, SUNY Albany, 2014.