Calvert W. Jones is an Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland, College Park in the Department of Government & Politics, having previously served as an Assistant Professor at CUNY-City College from 2013-2015. She earned her Ph.D. from Yale University in 2013, focusing on comparative politics, the Middle East, and mixed methods.  Her current research examines new approaches to citizen-building in the Middle East, with an emphasis on goals, mechanisms, and outcomes in state-led social engineering efforts. Her book, Bedouins into Bourgeois: Remaking Citizens for Globalization, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2017. Peer-reviewed articles have appeared or are forthcoming in World Politics, the British Journal of Political SciencePerspectives on Politics, Comparative Political StudiesInternational Studies QuarterlyInternational Security, and Intelligence and National Security. She also holds an MPhil in international relations from Cambridge University, a master's degree in information management and systems from the University of California, Berkeley, and a bachelor's degree from Columbia University in philosophy and computer science.


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    Yale University, Political Science
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    Cambridge University, International Relations
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    University of California, Berkeley, Information Management and Systems
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    Columbia University, Philosophy and Computer Science

GVPT459E  Comparative Politics of the Middle East

GVPT 200    International Political Relations

GVPT 203    Authoritarianism


Course Name Course Title Semester Syllabus
GVPT200 International Political Relations Spring 2019 Syllabus
GVPT203 The Challenge of Authoritarianism Spring 2019 Syllabus

My research interests are broad, but fall into three major categories. The majority of my work focuses on social engineering, citizen-building, and political socialization in authoritarian contexts, with an empirical focus on the Middle East. 

  • Social engineering/the making of citizens: I examine issues such as citizen-building, political socialization/behavior, evolving forms of nationalism, transnational processes of identity-formation, gender segregation as social engineering, and the effects of media and fiction on political attitudes. My current research explores the challenge of building citizens for a global market era, with an emphasis on how to foster stronger entrepreneurial cultures in the Middle East.
  • Rise of network-based actors: Current projects examine how growing networks of foreign expertise affect policymaking processes, especially in authoritarian regimes, as well as how the evolving transnational entrepreneurial movement can be viewed as an "actor" in the Middle East that provides important and unexpected avenues of experimentation and innovation in the context of durable authoritarianism.
  • International security: I have written on the evolution of contemporary networked terrorism; how states can adapt their intelligence organizations to better combat networked terrorist actors; and the ways in which transnational networks of volunteers can collaborate to assist in state disaster recovery efforts. 
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