Rebecca Jones

Rebecca Jones, PhD

  • Associate Professor
Media Expertise:
  • Politics & Government
  • International Relations

Programs I Teach


  • PhD, Political Science (2002)
    Claremont Graduate University

About Me

My research interests are focused on the process of democratic transitions in the former communist states and the role of ethnic political parties in creating a democratic government. I am the faculty advisor for EuroSim, the model European Union simulation that gives students the opportunity to take on the role of major European political actors and create policy to deal with current political issues. My teaching style incorporates peer-learning as well as in-depth research projects. 

I encourage my students to seek out and answer questions that they find interesting. I believe political science is a field that touches all other fields and allows students to see the intersection of politics, history, and economics. I received my undergraduate degree from Pomona College, my master's degree in political science from California State University Long Beach, and my PhD from Claremont Graduate University.

Research Interests

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. 


  • 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.

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

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


  • 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