Speaker Spotlight: David Jones
Dr. David M. Jones is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and a Faculty Fellow for the UW-Eau Claire Honors Program. He is also a teaching affiliate of the Women’s Studies Program at UW-Eau Claire. His scholarship examines mid-20th century American literature, popular music (especially blues and 50s/60s rock and roll), and African American feminism. His essay on blues musician Etta James leads the collection Singing for Themselves: Essays on Women in Popular Music, published in 2007. An essay by Dr. Jones on “Postmodernism, Pop Music, and Blues Practice in Nelson George’s Post-Soul Culture” recently appeared in the journal African American Review. Dr. Jones is also a contributing editor of Coming Out to the Mainstream: New Queer Cinema in the 21st Century, a collection of essays published in 2010 on Cambridge Scholars Press. Also in the vein of American culture and music, Dr. Jones served for several years as executive producer for two series on Wisconsin Public Radio (89.7 FM WUEC in Eau Claire): Jazz, Blues, and Beyond and Wisconsin Wealth, and he has conducted two series on rock and roll and jazz history at the Eau Claire Public Library.
Dr. Jones is also a professional musician specializing in blues and original American roots music. His recent performance venues include the Millstream Art Fair, the Blues on the Chippewa, the Stockholm Art Fair, and Tuesday Night Blues in Eau Claire. Dr. Jones completed his fourth CD or original music in 2011, titled Hippie Child.