Gavin Jones, Professor and Department Chair
Primary Office: 460-201C
At Stanford Since: 1999
Current Year's Courses:
Ph.D., Princeton University, 1996
M.A., Princeton, 1993
B.A., The University of Oxford, First Class Honors, 1990
Gavin Jones is department chair. He is the author of Strange Talk: The Politics of Dialect Literature in Gilded Age America (University of California Press, 1999) and American Hungers: The Problem of Poverty in U.S. Literature, 1840-1945 (Princeton University Press, 2007). He has published articles on George W. Cable, Theodore Dreiser, W.E.B. DuBois, Sylvester Judd, Paule Marshall, Mark Twain, and Herman Melville, in journals such as American Literary History, New England Quarterly, and African American Review. He is currently completing a book about American literature's obsessive efforts to describe and theorize the experience of failure.