David Jones, a doctoral student in the University's History Department, recently completed a 10-month stay in Namibia, funded by the prestigious William J. Fulbright fellowship. While there, Mr. Jones conducted numerous oral interviews and spent many hours in the National Archives of Namibia, all as part of ongoing research for his dissertation on the history of corporal punishment in Namibia during the twentieth century.
Mr. Jones graduated from The George Washington University in 1999 and became a researcher at the National Baseball Hall of Fame Library in Cooperstown, New York. Simultaneously, he began a long association with Major League Baseball, writing numerous historical articles and essays for MLB's preseason, All Star Game, and World Series programs. In 2004, Greenwood Press published David's first book, Joe DiMaggio: A Biography. A second book, an edited volume on baseball during the first two decades of the twentieth century, entitled Deadball Stars of the American League, was published by Potomac Books in 2007.
Mr. Jones received his Master's in U.S. History from the University at Albany in 2007. His Master's thesis, a microstudy of the murder of an African American waiter by a white minor league baseball manager in Indianapolis in 1917, was later published by the Indiana Magazine of History. The ensuing article, "An Unusual Case," received an award from the Indiana Historical Society as the best journal article on Indiana history published in 2008. Mr. Jones has also presented his work at numerous conferences, including the African Studies Association and the American Historical Association, as well as at a 2007 conference on Violence and the Body at Oxford University. He is scheduled to present an updated version of his Namibia research at Oxford University this April.