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10/9 am
on KET

5:30/4:30 pm
on KET2

Ricky L. Jones, Ph.D., Professor, Author, Columnist

Ricky L. Jones, Ph.D., professor, past chair, and Director of the Center for the Study of Crime and Justice in the Black Community in the Department of Pan-African Studies at the University of Louisville. Dr. Jones is also a columnist for LEO Weekly and an author.

A native of Atlanta, Georgia, Ricky L. Jones became the first member of his immediate family to graduate high school, and by age 29 he also earned a Ph.D.

He is an honors graduate in Political Science from Morehouse College. He was only the second African American to receive a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Kentucky where he specialized in Political Philosophy and Comparative Politics.

As a graduate student, Jones served as a Lyman T. Johnson Fellow at the University of Kentucky and a National Science Foundation Multi-Cultural Teaching Fellow at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Since graduate school, his work has been published in a number of local, regional, and national periodicals and journals including Griot, Black Scholar, Western Journal of Black Studies, Negro Educational Review, DIVERSE Issues in Higher Education, and International Journal of Africana Studies.

In 2004, he released the first volume in his "Black Manhood Trilogy" - "Black Haze: Violence, Sacrifice, and Manhood in Black Greek-Letter Fraternities" – which addresses the troubling issues of hazing and violence in American fraternal organizations. As a result, Jones was featured on the E! Network’s documentary "True Hollywood Stories Investigates: Hazing".

Jones also authored "What’s Wrong with Obamamania?: Black America, Black Leadership, and the Death of Political Imagination" (2008).

As a columnist, Jones has written the "Message to the People" for the Louisville Eccentric Observer (LEO). The "Message" won the Best Minority Reporting Award from the Louisville Society of Professional Journalists for three consecutive years.

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