Douglas A. Jones, Jr.
Associate Professor of English

Office / Office Hours

36 Union Street, #101, College Ave Campus

Monday, 11-1 and by appointment


  • Editor, "Slavery's Reinventions," a special issue of Modern Drama 62.4 (2019)
  • Co-editor, Race and Performance after Repeitition (Duke, 2019)
  • The Captive Stage: Performance and the Proslavery Imagination of the Antebellum North (Michigan, 2014)
  • Co-editor, The Methuen Drama Book of Post-Black Plays (Methuen/Bloomsbury, 2013)

Recent and forthcoming articles and essays


African-American & Diaspora, Drama, Early American, Nineteenth Century American

American literatures before Reconstruction; African American culture and writing before 1920; performance theory; literature and/as political philosophy, especially American democratic theory

Douglas Jones' research and courses treat (African) American literatures of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, drama and performance studies, and cultural histories of slavery in British North America and the US. He is currently working on a monograph that focuses on early African American writers' contributions to democratic theory and praxis. An essay from that research, "Slave Evangelicalism, Shouting, and the Beginning of African American Writing," appears in Early American Literature. He is also guest editing a special issue of Modern Drama called “Slavery’s Reinventions,” which will consider slavery as topos in drama and theatre of the long twentieth century.

Professor Jones is the author of The Captive Stage: Performance and the Proslavery Imagination of the Antebellum North (Michigan, 2014), co-editor of the essay collection Race and Performance after Repetition (Duke, 2019), and co-editor of The Methuen Drama Book of Post-Black Plays (Methuen/Bloomsbery, 2013). His articles and essays have appeared in J19: The Journal of Nineteenth-Century AmericanistsEarly American Literature, Theatre SurveyTDR/The Drama Review, and ESQ: A Journal of The American Renaissance, among other scholarly journals, and a wide range of edited collections.

Professor Jones serves on the Executive Committee of the American Society for Theatre Research (2016-2019) and the editorial boards of Theatre Survey and J19: The Journal of Nineteenth-Century Americanists. At Rutgers, he is faculty director of the Certificate in Drama and Performance Studies, coordinates the Seminar on Literature and Political Theory in the Center for Cultural Analysis (CCA), and sits on the CCA's Executive Committee (2017-2020). A former fellow of the Princeton Society of Fellows, Professor Jones is also on faculty at the Bread Loaf School of English, where he has held the Frank and Eleanor Griffiths Chair.

Courses Taught

  • Political Theory and African American Literature: Seminar
  • Antebellum American Literature
  • Slavery and American Culture: Seminar
  • Uncle Tom and Anti-Toms: Seminar
  • Black American Writing and Literature to 1910
  • Introduction to Performance Theory
  • Staging America from the Colonial Period to the Civil War
  • The Literature of Black New York from Slavery to the Great Migration
  • Twentieth-Century American Drama
  • Civilization and its Discontents
  • Slavery and Personhood: Ontologies and (Narrative) Afterlives
  • Form, Genre, and Period in Early African American Writing
  • Emerson and Douglass

Awards and Affiliations

  • Program Chair, American Society for Theatre Research, 2020 
  • Winner of the inaugural Josè Esteban Muñoz Working Session, American Society for Theatre Research, 2016
  • Frank and Eleanor Griffiths Chair, Bread Loaf School of English, 2015
  • Cotsen Fellow, Princeton Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts, 2011-2013, Princeton University
  • Post-Doctoral Fellowship, 2011-2012 (Declined), Center for African American Studies, Princeton University
  • Wendell Cole Memorial Award for Distinguished Dissertation, Stanford University


Ph.D., Stanford