Prof. Jeffrey Lanier Jones is currently an Instructor of English at Paine College. He received a B.A. degree in English from Paine College in 2001 and a M.A. degree in English from Clark Atlanta University in 2005. He has also completed some doctoral work at Purdue University. His research interests are in 19th Century American and African-American Literature, specifically focusing on trauma, memory, religion, and identity formation within antebellum and postbellum slave narratives, and his research has allowed him to travel and to present at many national and international conferences in countries such as Johannesburg, South Africa, Guadeloupe, French West Indies, and St. Kitts, West Indies. He has been published in distinguished journals and newsletters such as the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Journal, The Sigma Pi Phi Boule Journal, and the African Diaspora Archaeology Newsletter. In the Augusta community, he serves on the Augusta African American Historical Society Advisory Board and the C. H. Terrell Academy Board of Directors. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, writing, enjoying new restaurants, and dancing.