Dr. Jones studies the intersections and tensions between the Bible and literature, focusing especially on literary representations of marginalized subjectivities in twentieth- and twenty-first-century American literature. He has authored several books on this topic, including a textbook, The Bible and Literature: The Basics, and a scholarly monograph, Provincializing the Bible: Faulkner and Postsecular American Literature.
When he was a teenager, Dr. Jones believed that he wanted to become an English professor -- despite that he had never met one and didn't really know what the job entails. He was simply head-over-heels in love with stories and ideas. Three decades later, he's grateful that this love affair is still going strong and that he's had the good fortune to become a Professor of English at The Ohio State University. Educated at Yale and UCLA, he aims to share his passions not only in classrooms but also through books and essays. His writings explore the explosive and illuminating intersections among literature, history, sex, and faith. He admits, “It’s a strange thing to be in a position where students often expect me to have all of the answers, when in fact it’s the questions, really, that brought me here.”