Yvonne V. Jones, PhD

Associate Professor
Departments of Anthropology
University of Louisville
Louisville Kentucky
2301 S 3rd St, Louisville, KY 40292, USA



• (1964-1967) Howard University, Washington DC
• (1969-1971) BA Anthropology American University, Washington, DC
• (1971-1975) PhD Anthropology American University, Washington, DC


• (1981- 1983) Chair, Department of Anthropology
• (1981- 1983) Chair, Department of Pan African Studies
• (1985- 1989) Chair, Department of Pan African Studies
• (1997- 2000) Chair, Department of Pan African Studies
• (2012-Present) Director, Graduate Program, Department of Pan African Studies and Associate Professor of Anthropology, Departments of Anthropology and Pan African Studies

Research Interest

Her research interest includes: Cultures of the South (USA), History of Anthropological Theory, Race in the Americas, US Ethnic Groups, Urban Anthropology, Political Economy of Race and Entrepreneurship, Race and Public Culture.

Scientific Activities


• (2010) Distinguished Lecture Award. African American Studies and Research Program, Presented at the 16th Annual Black Women’s Conference, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky
• (2001) Unsung Hero Award, University of Louisville (developing joint program curriculum With the Department of Theatre Arts Program in African American Theatre, 1995)
• (1999) Richard Brown Award, Office of Public Education and Interpretation, African Burial Ground Project, New York, New York
• (1975) Research Contributing to the Study of Race Relations, American University, Washington, DC (Dissertation)


• (1976-1983) President, Board of Directors, Planned Parenthood of Louisville, Louisville Ky
• (1976-2000) Member, Various committees, Metro United Way


1. Jones V. Security Maps and Mapping Racism. Urban Anthropology, Scholarship, Social Justice and Brett Williams. Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Philadelphia. 2009
2. Jones V. Imagining Downtown Again. Transgression Symposium, Annual Meeting for the Society for the Anthropology of North America, Atlanta, Georgia. 2004.
3. Jones V. Crossing the Green Line: White Ancestry, African American Families and Upward Mobility Andrew Billingsley Dialogues: Present Day Challenges to African American Families. Cultural Systems Analysis Group and Department of Anthropology, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland. 2005.
4. Jones V, Markowitz L. Evolving Markets: Expanding Food Access in West Louisville Annual Meetings of the Rural Sociological Society, Louisville, Kentucky. 2006.
5. Jones V. African American Cultural Nationalism. In: J. Hutchinson, L. Rankin-Hill, eds. Managing the Past, Controlling the Future: Biological and Cultural Portrayals of Ethnic Minorities. Denver: Greenwood Press.1995.
6. Jones V. African Americans in the American South: Issues of Race, Class and Gender. Ed. With Hans Baer, Athens: University of Georgia Press. 1992.
7. Jones V. Black Leadership Patterns and Political Change in the American South. In: Robert Hall and Carol Stack, eds. Holding on to the Land and the Lord. Athens: University of Georgia Press. 1982.
8. Jones V. Street Peddlers As Entrepreneurs: Economic Adaptation to an Urban Area. Urban Anthropology. 1982; 17 (2-3): 143-170.