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Department of Black Studies
Black Studies Department


Peggy Jones, M.F.A. Jones

Associate Professor
Office: ASH 184J
Phone: 402.554.2996
MFA University of Nebraska-Lincoln
BA University of Notre Dame

Peggy Jones, (M.F.A., University of Nebraska-Lincoln) is an Associate Professor and past Interim Chairperson of the Black Studies Department, and a member of the Graduate and Women's and Gender Studies faculty, and the Nebraska Humanities Council Speakers Bureau.

Her research interests include intersections between language and identity, White privilege, and media (mis)representations of race and gender. She received an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Nebraska Arts Council for this play, “The Journey,” about Aaron Douglas, the first black graduate from the art department at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 1922. It premiered at The Rose Theater in Omaha, Nebraska, on February 16, 2013. Her most recent publication is a book chapter: My Mother Tongue: A Linguistic Autoethnography in African American Women’s Language: Discourse, Education and Identity. Upcoming publications include essays for a catalog of paintings in the Sheldon Art Museum in Lincoln, NE. She wrote about six African descended artists with work in the permanent collection of the museum.

Research Interests:
Intersections of language, gender and racial identity
White privilege
Media and African American language

Publications & Creative Activity:
“The Journey.” The Rose Theater and Performing Arts Center, Omaha, NE. Performed by Young, Gifted, and Black teen theatre program. February 2013. (Individual Artist Fellowship Nebraska Arts Council, $1000, received for writing the play, an artistic interpretation of how Aaron Douglas, first black graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln art department, decided to become an artist.)

Article for edited volume “Tenuous Veneers: Women of Color in the Academy --Narratives of Distress and Success in the Tenure Process.” (Accepted in 2012 and in progress.)

Essays on African descended artists Charles Alston, Aaron Douglas, Barkley Hendricks, Loïs Mailou Jones, Jacob Lawrence, and Louis Sloan for Sheldon Art Museum catalog of paintings in permanent collection. University of Nebraska Press. (Under contract with expected publication in 2013)

“My Mother Tongue: A Linguistic Autoethnography.” Book chapter in African American Women’s Language: Discourse, Education, and Identity. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2009. Pp. 35 – 50.

“Toward Achieving the ‘Beloved Community’: Lessons for Applied Business Research and Practice from the Teachings of Martin Luther King, Jr.” with Drs. James R. Jones at UNO and David C. Wilson at University of Delaware. [Status: submitted to special issue of Business & Society titled "Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Contributions to Management Scholarship and Practice") Summer 2007.

“My Mother Tongue: A Linguistic Autoethnography,” for African American Women’s Language Conference, University of Texas-San Antonio, San Antonio, TX, March 2008.

“We are the Ones We’ve Been Waiting For.” Culminating Arts Event for Urban Bush Women Summer Institute. Visual Designer, Artist, and Performer Brooklyn, NY. 2007.

“2nd Annual African American Artists Exhibit.” Loves Jazz and Art Center, Omaha, NE. 2007.

“The Journey.” Staged reading of original play, Nicholas Street Gallery, Omaha, NE. 2005.

Visual Art
“A Greater Spectrum: 100 Years of African American Art in Nebraska.” (2010-11) Museum of Nebraska Art, Kearney, NE.

“Solo Retrospective.” Nicholas Street Gallery, Omaha, NE. 2005.

Writing in the Discipline of Black Studies
Black Aesthetics
Black Feminist Thought
Introduction to Black Studies