Antoine C. Jones is currently a doctoral student at the University of Chicago’s Department of Sociology (MA 2015, PhD expected 2018). He is also the UChicagoGRAD 2015 Higher Education Intern responsible for coordinating the “125th” Departmental Histories Fellowship Program, a unique, 12-week pilot program in which Antoine led 19 research Fellows in uncovering the intellectual histories of several select academic units at UChicago in celebration of the University’s 125th anniversary. Antoine is also the current student coordinator of the Social Theory and Evidence Workshop on campus.
Previously, Antoine attended and later tutored at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice of the City University of New York (A.A.S. 2011, BA 2012) where he honed and developed his interest social activism and the State, earning the Petra Shattuck Prize for Distinction in Government (2012). At John Jay, Antoine completed a funded independent research project with the TRIO Ronald E. McNair Program (“The Digital Zeitgeist: Online Social Networks and the Exigencies of Telematic Activism”) which analyzes the use of Facebook and Twitter during the global protests that rocked 2011, including the Arab Spring, San Francisco BART Protests, the London Riots and Occupy Wall Street. Following up on social protest agendas, Antoine also completed a Bachelor’s thesis which analyzes framing and agenda setting during the internet blackout protests of 2012 following intellectual property legislation proposed in the U.S. Congress. This thesis, “Blowback: A Comparative Analysis of College Students’ Response to U.S. Internet IP Legislation,” was published in 2014 with the Conference of the IEEE. Prior to returning to the academy, Antoine was a New York State-certified Emergency Medical Technician working in Flushing, Queens neighborhood of New York City.
Antoine’s current sociological research interests include the State (agenda setting theory, mobile broadband activism), numismatics (cryptocurrency, contactless payment systems, and store value payment systems), and urban policy (takings, transit and differential access). Antoine is available for question or comment on these issues.