Professor of History
Ph.D., University of Ottawa
M.A., Sonoma State University
B.A., California State University, San Bernardino
Preston Jones received a Ph.D. in History from the University of Ottawa (Canada) in 1999. He has received several awards, including a Fulbright Scholarship for study in Canada and a fellowship with the Pew Program in Religion and American History.
Professor Jones has published three scholarly books, two scholarly monographs and three books for general readers. He has also contributed over 200 articles to academic journals, magazines, newspapers, and websites. He reads in Spanish almost every day. He also reads in French and Welsh. He has taught first-year Latin.
For three years before coming to JBU, Professor Jones taught Advanced Placement courses in the social sciences at a private high school. At JBU he teaches general history courses, political philosophy, and a variety of introductory language classes.
Professor Jones is committed to introducing students to great texts that have stood the test of time. In recent years he has used the works of Aristotle, Sophocles, Epicurus, Epictetus, Seneca, Augustine, Boethius, William Langland, Julian of Norwich, Shakespeare, John Bunyan, Adam Smith, J.S. Mill, Charles Dickens, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Reinhold Niebuhr and Ayn Rand, among others.
Since 2011 Professor Jones has been a visiting lecturer in ethics at Universidad Francisco Marroquín in Guatemala (see article and video). He has also led seminars on ethics for the Fundación Exodo and the Centro Esdras, both based in Guatemala. He has lectured on ethics at Xiamen University in China, and he has organized seminars on ethics at Walmart’s corporate headquarters. For several years, he has been involved in service projects in Guatemala City.
Professor Jones served in the U.S. Navy from 1986 to 1990. Because of his interest in seeing the U.S. military end its involvement with the Southeast Asian brothel industry, Professor Jones served on the advisory board of ECPAT-USA, an international organization devoted to combating child prostitution.
Professor Jones has run 22 marathons.