T. Cole Jones

Department Information

History // Faculty

Office Information

  • Office: UNIV 222
  • Office Phone: 765-496-2796
  • Office Hours: Fall 2018: TTh 4:15-5:15
  • E-mail: colejones@purdue.edu
  • Specialization

  • Colonial and Revolutionary America, the Atlantic World, the Cultural History of Violence, War and Society

  • T. Cole Jones received his Ph.D. in early American history from the Johns Hopkins University and a B.A. in history from Duke University. His book manuscript, Captives of Liberty: Prisoners, Violence, and Vengeance in the American Revolution, is forthcoming from the University of Pennsylvania Press in 2019. By examining American treatment of enemy prisoners, this study reveals the factors that coalesced to transform a war for independence into a revolutionary struggle.
    In addition to his book project, Jones has published articles in the New England Quarterly, the Journal of the Early Republic, the Journal of Military History, and Common-Place. He also contributed a chapter to Glenn Moots and Philip Hamilton eds., Justifying Revolution: Law, Virtue, and Violence in the American War of Independence (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2018). Jones’s research has been supported by the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, the United States Army Center of Military History, and the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington at Mount Vernon. Prior to coming to Purdue, he was the Hench Post-Dissertation Fellow at the American Antiquarian Society and the National Endowment for the Humanities fellow at the New-York Historical Society. Jones is currently at work on a study of the western theater of the American Revolutionary War provisionally entitled, The Governors' War: The Struggle for Empire in the Revolutionary West.

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