Dr Jones' DPhil thesis was on the post-genocidal reconstruction of the Rwandan state. His research interests include: the contemporary politics of the Great Lakes Region, African diasporas, state-building, authoritarianism, and the historical sociology of political elites.
- African politics, particularly of Central Africa (i.e. Rwanda, Burundi, Democratic Repulblic of Congo)
- Post-conflict transitions, peacekeeping, peacebuilding, statebuilding, elections, authoritarianism, civil war, conflict, natural resource politics (especially minerals)
- Diasporas, exiles, exile politics, refugees