Faculty, Reece Jones, Department of Geography, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

 Reece Jones

Professor, Graduate Chair
Office: Saunders 412
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Over forty thousand people died attempting to cross a border from 2007-2016. Rather than creating a system for safe passage, states around the world responded to this crisis by building more walls and establishing more restrictive migration policies. My research and teaching in political geography investigates the historical and contemporary relationship between states, borders, and people on the move. Why do we have borders? What impact do borders and the state system have on global inequality? What would a world without movement restrictions at borders look like?


  • PhD, Geography, Wisconsin-Madison, 2008
  • MS, Geography, Wisconsin-Madison, 2004
  • BS, Biology, North Carolina-Chapel Hill, 1998


  • GEOG 151: Geography and Contemporary Society
  • GEOG 335: Politics, Nations, and States
  • GEOG 695: Concepts and Theories in Geography
  • GEOG 735: Seminar: Political Geography


I am the author of two books: Violent Borders: Refugees and the Right to Move (2016, Verso) and Border Walls: Security and the War on Terror in the United States, India and Israel (2012, Zed Books), which won the 2013 Julian Minghi Outstanding Book Award for best book in political geography from the Association of American Geographers. I also edited Placing the Border in Everyday Life with Corey Johnson (2014, Routledge), which won the 2017 Gold Book Award from the Association of Borderlands Studies.  My research on border security and violence has been featured in dozens of media outlets around the world including the New York Times, the Guardian, Time Magazine, and the Economist. I am the Forum and Review Editor at the journal Geopolitics and I am on the editorial board of Political Geography. At UH, I am the graduate chair in the Geography Department and serve on the executive committee of the Center for South Asian Studies.