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Jones, Toby

ImageToby C. Jones

Associate Professor of History

Director, Global and Comparative History Master's Degree Program

Ph.D., Stanford University, 2006
M.A., Auburn University, 1998
B.A., Auburn University, 1994

At Rutgers since 2007

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RESEARCH INTERESTS

Toby C. Jones is an associate professor of history at Rutgers University. He has lived and worked extensively in the Middle East, including several years in Saudi Arabia and Bahrain. During 2008-2009 he was a fellow at Princeton University's Oil, Energy, and the Middle East project. From 2004 to early 2006 Jones worked as the Persian Gulf political analyst for the International Crisis Group. His research interests focus on the environment, energy, and the history of science and technology. He is the author of Desert Kingdom: How Oil and Water Forged Modern Saudi Arabia (Harvard University Press, 2010) and is currently working on two new books, America's Oil Wars (under contract at Harvard University Press) and Running Dry: Essays on Environmental Crisis (under contract with Rutgers University Press). He has written for the International Journal of Middle East Studies, Journal of American History, Middle East Report, Raritan Quarterly Review, The Nation, The Atlantic, the London Review of Books, the New York Times, and elsewhere. Jones is a member of the Editorial Committee at Middle East Report and Director of Rutgers' Center for Middle Eastern Studies.

COURSES REGULARLY TAUGHT

  • 508:205 Modern Middle East
  • 508:300 Arab-Israeli Conflict
  • 508:392 Historical Studies: An Environmental History of the Middle East
  • 506:401 Seminar: Oil and Empire in the Middle East
  • 506:401 Seminar: Diplomacy and Politics in the Modern Middle East

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

  • Desert Kingdom: How Oil and Water Forged Modern Saudi Arabia (Harvard University Press, 2010).
  • "Crude Ecology: Technology and the Politics of Dissent in Saudi Arabia," forthcoming in Gabrielle Hecht, ed., The Technopolitical Shape of Cold War Geographies, (MIT Press).
  • “Embattled in Arabia: Shi‘is and the Politics of Confrontation in Saudi Arabia,” Occasional Paper Series, Shi‘a Militancy Program, Combating Terrorism Center at West Point, June 3, 2009.
  • “Saudi Arabia’s Silent Spring,” Foreign Policy online magazine, February 2009.
  • “Saudi Arabia’s Not so New Anti-Shi‘ism,” Middle East Report, 242, Spring 2007, pp 29-32.
  • “Rebellion on the Saudi Periphery: Modernity, Marginalization and the Shi’a Uprising of 1979,” International Journal of Middle East Studies. 38:2. May (2006), 213-233.
  • “Shifting Sands: The Future of U.S.-Saudi Relations,” Foreign Affairs, Volume 85, Number 2, March/April, 2006.
  • “The Iraq Effect in Saudi Arabia.” Middle East Report. 237. Winter 2005, pp 20-25.
  • “The Clerics, the Sahwa and the Saudi State.” Strategic Insights. Volume IV, Issue 3, March 2005.
  • “Violence and the Illusion of Reform in Saudi Arabia.” Middle East Report Online. November 13, 2003.
  • “Seeking a ‘Social Contract’ for Saudi Arabia.” Middle East Report, 228, Fall 2003, pp 42-48.
  • Bahrain’s Sectarian Challenge. International Crisis Group Middle East/North Africa Report N°40. May 6, 2005.
  • The Shiite Question in Saudi Arabia. International Crisis Group Middle East/North Africa Report N°45. September 19, 2005.

AWARDS

  • Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Swarthmore College
  • Fulbright-Hays to Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Jordan, 2003-2003

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

  • American Historical Association
  • Society for History of Technology
  • Middle Eastern Studies Association
  • Gulf/2000 Project

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