Griffin Jones is a second-year Ph.D. student working on the 19th century American South. They particularly focus on the history of industrialization, industrialism, and capitalism as it relates to the society and politics of slavery and freedom. Currently, they are working on a history of the relationship between the ‘chattel principle’ and the fall of slavery during the Civil War in Georgia and Virginia, with plans on a larger project dealing with the history of industrial capitalism in Montgomery, Alabama. They also presented research on an antebellum Southern ironworks at various conferences, including most recently at the University of Georgia’s ‘Capitalist Souths’ conference in March 2020.
Previously, Griffin earned their B.A. summa cum laude from the University of Illinois at Chicago and interned at the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum.