Doctoral Student, Health and Behavior Studies, Teachers College, Columbia University
Vincent Jones, a Health Education doctoral student with a concentration in Applied Statistics, is a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Scholar at Teachers College, Columbia University in the department of Health and Behavioral Studies. Jones holds a Bachelors of Arts in Sociology/Anthropology with minors in Gender Studies and Music from Middlebury College. He also earned a Master’s in Education Policy from Teachers College in 2014. Jones wrote his interdisciplinary master’s thesis, “Exploring Undergraduate Gender Play on Facebook,” under the direction of Professors Aaron Pallas and Hope Jensen Leichter. He also served as a research assistant to Professor Angel Harris doing academic achievement gap research at Princeton University.
Jones has a deep passion for helping students transition to and succeed in college. Jones served as the National Youth Secretary and Vice Chair of the Education Committee for the NAACP, and also as a college counsellor to underserved youth in Middlebury, Vermont.
Jones has interest in student affairs, and worked in multicultural recruitment and residential services for three years. He just concluded his tenure as a faculty member at Choate Rosemary Hall, a preeminent boarding school where he taught health, coordinated student activities, directed summer service learning, and developed gender and sexuality studies curriculum.
His current research interests include the health implications of technology-mediated sex tourism, education policy, and the social media use of young adults. In his spare time, Jones studies jazz voice, teaches dance fitness classes, mentors students, and is an avid photographer. Jones resides in Harlem with his cat, Vånna White.