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Dr Heather Jones, Associate Professor

Research and Publications

Dr Heather Jones is a specialist in First World War Studies with a particular interest in the evolution of wartime violence and the cultural impact of the conflict in Britain, France, Germany and Italy. Her other main research areas are: the history of prisoner of war treatment in twentieth-century Europe; Weimar Germany; Irish politics, conflict and culture, 1913-1923.

Dr Jones came to LSE in 2008. She is a former IRCHSS Lecturer in European History at Trinity College, Dublin and held a Max Weber Postdoctoral Fellowship at the European University Institute, Florence. She also held a research position at the Institute for International Integration Studies at Trinity College, Dublin.

She obtained her B.A. at Trinity College Dublin where she was a foundation scholar, and holds an M.Phil. from St John's College, Cambridge. A former Government of Ireland Research Scholar in the Humanities and Social Sciences, she completed her Ph.D. at Trinity College Dublin, in 2006, on wartime violence against prisoners of war in Britain, France and Germany, 1914-1920, a study which was awarded the Eda Sagarra Medal by the Government of Ireland Research Council in the Humanities and Social Sciences. During her doctoral studies she spent a year as an affiliated student at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Historial de la Grande Guerre, Péronne and an external associate of the Centre for War Studies at Trinity College, Dublin. She is also a senior member of the International Society for First World War Studies.

Her recent publications include the book Violence Against Prisoners of War in the First World War: Britain, France and Germany, 1914-1920 (Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2011) and Untold War. New Perspectives in First World War Studies (Boston; Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers, 2008) which she jointly edited with Christoph Schmidt-Supprian and Jennifer O'Brien, as well as the following scholarly articles: "The Final Logic of Sacrifice? Violence in German Prisoner of War Labor Companies in 1918," The Historian, vol. 68, no. 4, winter 2006, pp. 770-791; "The German Spring Reprisals of 1917: Prisoners of War and the Violence of the Western Front," German History (2008); "Encountering the 'Enemy': Prisoner of War Transport and the Development of War Cultures in 1914" in Pierre Purseigle ed., Warfare and Belligerence: Perspectives in First World War Studies (Boston; Leiden, Brill Academic Publishers, 2005), pp. 133-162; "How do you assess Rapallo in the context of early German Foreign Policy?", History Studies, History Society Journal, University of Limerick, vol. 2, autumn 2000, pp. 84-93. She has also written on race in the Great War. See: Heather Jones, ‘Imperial Captivities: Colonial Prisoners of War in Germany and the Ottoman Empire, 1914-1918,” in Santanu Das ed., Race, Empire and First World War Writing (Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2011), pp.175-193.

In 2010, Heather Jones was selected to be included in Mosaic: A Celebration of Irish Research in the Humanities and Social Sciences, a book commissioned by the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences (IRCHSS). This commemorative book profiles 27 outstanding IRCHSS awardees of the last decade and marks the special occasion of the tenth anniversary of the Research Council.

She is currently working on a new monograph on the propaganda representation of the economic blockade of Germany during the First World War.

In early 2013, Dr Jones won one of LSE's Major Review Teaching Prizes.

To see Dr Jones discussing her research on A Very Modern Action: The Spring Reprisals of 1917 follow this link|.

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Teaching and Supervision

Dr Jones's teaching at LSE reflects the research interests outlined above. She teaches the following courses:

At undergraduate level:

HY226: The Great War, 1914-1918|

HY314: Representing the Past: Historiography and Historical Methods|  

At Masters level:

HY439: War Cultures 1890-1945|

Dr Jones also supervises the following PhD students:



Giovanni Graglia

Arrested totalitarianism in Piedmont

Contact Details

Office: Room EAS.E508
Telephone: 020 7955 7724
Email Address: H.S.Jones@lse.ac.uk|

Office Hours

Tuesday: 3:30-5:30pm


Dr Heather Jones