Reece Jones (geographer)
Life and career
Jones is currently a professor of geography and environment at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa. He was the president of the Political Geography Specialty Group of the American Association of Geographers from 2014–15. He is the editor-in-chief at the journal Geopolitics. He is also the co-editor of the Routledge Geopolitics Book Series with Klaus Dodds.
Jones is best known for his work on border walls, the militarization of borders, and the rise in migrant deaths. His book Violent Borders: Refugees and the Right to Move argues that making and enforcing a border is an inherently violent act. The citation for the PolGRG Book Award from the Royal Geographical Society called Violent Borders one of the most "influential political geography books published in recent times." Jones writes for a popular audience through opinion pieces arguing against border walls in the New York Times and for open borders in the Guardian.
- Open Borders: In Defense of Free Movement (2019, University of Georgia Press)ISBN 9780820354262
- Borders and Mobility in South Asia and Beyond (2018, Amsterdam University Press) Co-edited with Md. Azmeary FerdoushISBN 9789462984547
- Violent Borders: Refugees and the Right to Move (2016, Verso)ISBN 978-1784784713
- Placing the Border in Everyday Life (2014, Routledge) Co-edited with Corey JohnsonISBN 9781472424549
- Border Walls: Security and the War on Terror in the United States, India, and Israel (2012, Zed)ISBN 978-1848138230
Honors and awards
- 2018 PolGRG Book Award from the Royal Geographical Society for Violent Borders
- 2017 Julian Minghi Distinguished Book Award from the American Association of Geographers for Violent Borders
- 2016 Past Presidents' Gold Book Award from the Association of Borderlands Studies for Placing the Border in Everyday Life
- 2013 Julian Minghi Distinguished Book Award from the American Association of Geographers for Border Walls
- 2012 University of Hawai'i Regents Medal for Excellence in Teaching