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Nathan Jones

Assistant Professor

  • Ph.D. Political Science, University of California Irvine (2011)
  • M.S. Political Science, University of California Irvine (2008)
  • B.S. Political Science, University of California, Berkeley (2003)


Office: C-111
Phone: (936) 294-3635

Areas of Expertise:
Drug Violence in Mexico, Border Security, Social Network Analysis, and Trafficking Networks


Security Studies Assistant Professor Nathan Jones is the author of Georgetown University Press's peer reviewed book Mexico's Illicit Drug Networks and the State Reaction (2016). His areas of interest include drug violence in Mexico, drug trafficking organizations, social network analysis, border security, and the political economy of homeland security. Dr. Jones is also a Small Wars Journal El Centro Fellow and Rice University Baker Institute Drug Policy and Mexico Center non-resident scholar. Prior to joining the Sam Houston State University Security Studies Department, Dr. Jones was the Alfred C. Glassell III Postdoctoral Fellow in Drug Policy at Rice University's Baker Institute for public policy, where his research focused on drug violence in Mexico. He has published with numerous think tanks, including the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and InSight Crime. He has also published with the peer-reviewed journal Trends in Organized Crime. While teaching at the University of San Diego (2011-2012), Jones worked closely with the school's Trans-Border Institute on grant proposals. He has been a trusted source on issues of violence in Mexico with media outlets such as the Houston Chronicle, the Texas Standard, the Wall Street Journal, the Guardian, the Los Angeles Times, the San Diego Union-Tribune, and radio and television. As a Ph.D. student, Dr. Jones won the Institute for Global Conflict and Cooperation Dissertation Fellowship to conduct fieldwork in Mexico and spent a year in Tijuana and Mexico City assessing the resilience and illicit network structure of the Tijuana cartel. His dissertation won the best dissertation award from the Western Political Science Association. Jones also won the James N. Danziger Excellence in Teaching Award from the political science department at UC Irvine.

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