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Reece Jones, Associate Professor and Graduate Chair

Degree: PhD 2008 University of Wisconsin at Madison, Geography

Office Location: 412 Saunders Hall
Phone Number: (808) 956-7683
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Email: reecej@hawaii.edu



Ph.D.: 2008 University of Wisconsin at Madison, Geography

MS.: 2004 University of Wisconsin at Madison, Geography

BS.: 1998 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Biology

Courses Taught

GEOG 151 - Human Geography and Contemporary Society

GEOG 335 - Politics, Nations, and States

GEOG 695 - Concepts and Theories in Geography

GEOG 735 - Seminar in Political Geography


I am a political geographer and I study the changing role political boundaries play in the contemporary world. My current research investigates the global trend towards hardened political borders with an emphasis on border fencing projects in the United States, Israel, and India. Beyond the immediate physical and symbolic consequences of the barriers, I am interested in theorizing what the securitization of border spaces means for conceptions of territory, sovereignty, and the state.



  • Jones, R. (contracted, 2016). The Violence of Borders. New York: Verso Books.

  • Jones, R. and Johnson, C. eds. 2014. Placing the Border in Everyday Life. Ashgate: London.

  • Jones, R. 2012. Border Walls: Security and the War on Terror in the United States, India, and Israel. London: Zed Books.

  • Journal Articles

  • Jones, R. Leuenberger, C, and Wills, E. Forthcoming. "The West Bank Wall: Introduction to a Special Issue." The Journal of Borderlands Studies.

  • Jones, R. forthcoming "The Mediterranean as International Region and Deadly Border" Nordia.

  • Cosmas, N. and Jones, R. (forthcoming). Geopolitics and the Securitization Discourse. Edited by Newman, D. Edward Elgar Handbook of Geopolitics.

  • Jones, R. 2014. "The False Premise of Partition" Space & Polity 18(3).

  • Jones, R. 2014. “Border Wars: Narratives and images of the US-Mexico border on TV” ACME: An International E-Journal for Critical Geographies, 13(3).

  • Lubura-Winchester, B. and Jones, R. 2013'The Geopolitics of Humanitarian Intervention: The Responsibility to Protect in Libya' Arab World Geographer 16(3): 245-266.

  • Barbour, B. and Jones, R. 2013. 'Criminals, terrorists and outside agitators: Representation tropes in the July 5 Xinjiang, China riots' Geopolitics 18(1) 95-114.

  • Jones, R. 2012. 'Spaces of refusal: Rethinking sovereign power and resistance at the border' Annals of the Association of American Geographers. 102(3): 685-699.

  • Rosière, S. and Jones, R. 2012. 'Teichopolitics: Reconsidering globalization through the role of walls and fences' Geopolitics.17: 217-234.

  • Jones, R. 2011. 'Border security, 9/11, and the enclosure of civilization' The Geographical Journal. 177(3): 213-217.

  • Jones, R. 2011. 'Dreaming of a golden Bengal: Discontinuities of place and identity in South Asia' Asian Studies Review. 35(3): 373-395.

  • Johnson, C., Jones, R., Paasi, A., Amoore, L., Mountz, A., Salter, M., and Rumford, C. 2011. ‘Intervention: Rethinking the border in border studies’ Political Geography. 30(2): 61-69.

  • Jones, R. 2011. ‘Political geography and national boundaries’ in Stoltzman, J. ed. Geography for the 21st Century London: Sage.

  • Jones, R. 2011. . ‘Searching for the greatest Bengali: The BBC and shifting identity categories in South Asia’ reprinted in Heath, D. and Mathur, C. eds. Communalism and Globalisation in South Asia and Its Diaspora London: Routledge.

  • Jones, R. 2010. ‘The spatiality of boundaries’ Progress in Human Geography. 34(2) 263-267.

  • Jones, R. 2010. ‘Indian and Bangladeshi border enclaves: The forgotten lands’ pp. 15-32 in Diener, A. and Hagen, J. eds. Borderlines and Borderlands: Political Oddities at the Edge of the Nation-State New York: Rowman Littlefield.

  • Jones, R. 2009. ‘Sovereignty and statelessness in the border enclaves of India and Bangladesh’ Political Geography 28(6): 373-381.

  • Jones, R. 2009. ‘Agents of exception: Border security and the marginalization of Muslims in India’ Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 27(5): 879-897.

  • Jones, R. 2009. ‘Geopolitical boundary narratives, the global war on terror, and border fencing in India’ Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers 34(3): 290-304.

  • Jones, R. 2009. ‘Categories, borders, and boundaries’ Progress in Human Geography 33(2): 174-189.

  • Jones, R. 2008. ‘Searching for the greatest Bengali: The BBC and shifting identity categories in South Asia’ National Identities 10(2): 149-165.

  • Jones, R. 2007. ‘Sacred cows and thumping drums: Claiming territory as “zones of tradition” in British India’ Area 39(1): 55-65.

  • Jones, R. 2006. ‘Whose homeland? Territoriality and religious nationalism in pre-partition Bengal’ South Asia Research 26(2): 115-131.

  • Jones, R. 2005. . ‘Core area: Core and periphery’ in McColl, R.W. ed. The Encyclopedia of World Geography New York: Facts on File.