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Jonathan S. Jones

Jonathan S. Jones

2020-2021 Richards Center Postdoctoral Scholar

Mailing Address: 102 Weaver Building
University Park , PA 16802


  1. Ph.D., Binghamton University, June 2020
  2. M.A., Texas Christian University, May 2013
  3. B.A., Dallas Baptist University, May 2011


Jonathan S. Jones received his Ph.D. at Binghamton University, where he defended his dissertation, “Opium Slavery: Veterans and Addiction in the American Civil War Era,” in June 2020. The manuscript investigates the phenomenon of opiate addiction among Civil War veterans, a harrowing medical consequence of the war that proved traumatic for veterans and alarming for American doctors and the state. During his time at the Richards Center, Jones will prepare a book manuscript derived from his dissertation. He has published widely on the history of opiate addiction in popular and scholarly outlets, with an article on the experience and outcomes of addiction for Civil War veterans forthcoming in The Journal of the Civil War Era (June 2020). Jones’s research has been supported by The Huntington Library, The College of Physicians of Philadelphia, and Yale University’s medical library, among other institutions. Jones is a first-generation student hailing from the Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas area, where he taught high school history before pursuing his doctorate. He obtained an M.A. in 2013 from Texas Christian University and an B.A. in 2011 from Dallas Baptist University.