John Paul (JP) Jones III (Ph.D. Ohio State University) is a Professor of Geography and Development and Dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Arizona.
Jones holds key service roles at the University of Arizona, including Chair of the Dean’s + Development Committee, and member of the UA-UAFoundation Relations Committee, Strategic Planning and Budget Committee, and University Development Council. He was Chair of the Provost Search Advisory Committee and served on the UA Presidential Search Committee. Jones also serves on the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce as a Board member and Business Advocacy Committee member.
Before being named Dean of SBS in 2010, Dr. Jones was Director of the College’s School of Geography and Development. His research centers on geographic methodology and the integration of spatial theory and social theory. Recently, he has studied the globalization of the civil society sector in Oaxaca, Mexico; the socio-political foundations of mosquito management in southern Arizona; and the co-productions of scientists and artists in areas of climate change, geovisualization, and bioart.
Jones is Director of the Arizona in Oaxaca Study Abroad Program and has affiliated appointments in the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health and the Department of Gender and Women's Studies. He has written more than 100 articles and book chapters, edited seven books, and received numerous research grants from the National Science Foundation. He is the past editor of his field’s flagship journal, the Annals of the Association of American Geographers.
Before coming to the UA in 2003, Dr. Jones taught at the University of Kentucky, San Diego State University, and the University College Dublin as a visiting Fulbright Professor. He has held visiting appointments at the University of Nimegen in the Netherlands, the Universitat de Girona in Spain, and the London School of Economics.