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  • James M. Jones, Emeritus Professor of Psychology

    Emeritus Professor of Psychology
    University of Delaware
    108 Wolf Hall
    Newark, DE 19716


    ​James M. Jones is Professor of Psychology and Africana Studies and Director of the Center for the Study of Diversity at the University of Delaware. Professor Jones’ first book, Prejudice and racism, was published in 1972, and the second edition in 1997. It still stands as a classic analysis of race, class and culture in psychology. His most recent book, The Psychology of Diversity (with Jack Dovidio and Deborah Vietze) was published by Wiley in 2013 He currently serves on the American Bar Association Task Force on the impact of Stand Your Ground laws on Black and Latino communities.

    Selected Publications

    ​Jones, J.M., Dovidio, J.F. & Vietze, D.L. (2014) The Psychology of Diversity: Beyond Prejudice and racism. New York: Wiley/Blackwell. Jones, J.M. & Leitner, J.B. (2014) The Sankofa Effect: Divergent Effects of Thinking about the Past for Blacks and Whites. In Nicolas Fieulaine, Maciej Stolarski & Wessel VanBeek (Eds.) Time perspective : Theory, research and application : Essays in Honor of Philip G. Zimbardo, London, Springer Publishers. Jones, J.M. (2012) From Racial Inequality to Social Justice: The Legacy of Brown v. Board and Lessons from the New South Africa. In, D. Slaughter-Defoe (Ed.), Messages for Educational Leadership: The Constance E. Clayton Lectures 1998-2007. Philadelphia: Peter Lang Academic Publishing Group

    Research Interests

    ​Jones studies the psychology of time and ways in which consideration of the past, present and future following different paths in different cultures. He also studies cultural psychology from the lens of his psycho-cultural theory, which argues that Time, Rhythm, Improvisation, Orality and Spirituality (TRIOS) provide a source of coping and adaptation for people belonging to marginalized and oppressed groups.

    Teaching Interests

    Professor Jones teaches courses that examine the psychological and cultural legacy of Black Americans, and the dynamics of racism in American society. His courses include: cultural psychology, psychological perspectives on Black Americans, Cultural psychology of race and Personality.


    ​Ph.D from Yale University       

    M.A., Temple  University       

    B.A., Oberlin College       



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