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Rebecca Jones PhD

Associate Professor

  • PhD Political Science 2002

    Claremont Graduate University

  • POLS 247 Vodka and Capitalism: Russian Politics in the 21st Century

  • POLS 228 Politics of European Integration

  • POLS 347 Star Trek, Star Wars or Firefly? Globalization and the Nation State

My research focuses on the role of ethnic political parties in building democratic governments in the former communist states. One area of particular interest is in determining whether these political parties help or hurt the ethnic groups they claim to represent. I focus on parties in the states of the former Yugoslavia, particularly Serbia and Macedonia. An additional focus of my research compares the ethnic parties in those countries with ethnic or issue parties in other, more democratically developed countries in Europe.

I also conduct research in the area of assessment and teaching goals. I am interested in the broader outcomes of simulations (beyond learning specific topic-based information) and whether they actually help students gain knowledge and practice in skills that will be an asset for them well beyond college.

Selected Awards

  • Faculty Development Grant, Widener University Funding for Research, 2014–2015

  • Fitz Dixon Innovation in Teaching Award, College of Arts and Sciences Nominee, Widener University, 2012

  • Faculty Award for Civic Engagement Nominee, Widener University, 2012

Selected Publications

  • Jones, R., & Bursens, P. (2015). The effects of active learning environments: How simulations trigger affective learning. European Political Science, special edition.

  • Jones, R., & Bursens, P. (2013). Assessing EU simulations: Evidence from the trans-Atlantic EuroSim. In S. Baroncelli, R. Farneti, I. Horga, & S. Vanhoonacker (Eds.), Teaching and learning the European Union: Traditional and innovative methods (157–186). New York, NY: Springer Verlag.

  • Jones, R., & Bailey, L. (2009). Identifying consolidation-causing patterns in disparate states: Comparing Timor-Leste and Serbia. National Social Science Journal, 32(1), 50–59.

American Political Science Association (APSA), European Union Studies Association (EUSA)