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Ben Jones

by wav103 Aug 21, 2018
Ben Jones

Assistant Director of the Rock Ethics Institute

Department of Political Science

College of the Liberal Arts

128 Sparks Building
University Park, PA 16802
(814) 867-6650



  1. Ph.D. in Political Science, Yale University
  2. B.A. in Political Science and French, The Ohio State University


Ben Jones joined the Rock Ethics Institute as its Assistant Director in 2017. Trained as a political theorist, he pursues research on criminal justice, just war theory, the ethics of political engagement, and the role of religion in the history of political thought and today. His research has appeared or is forthcoming in Ethical Theory and Moral Practice; The European Journal of Political Theory; Politics, Groups, and Identities; The Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology; as well as popular outlets such as The Washington Post. He currently is working on a book project entitled Apocalypse without God, which examines the appeal of secular apocalyptic thought in both historical and contemporary political philosophy. Before coming to Penn State, Ben taught in the Political Science Department at the University of Kansas.

Ben also has extensive experience working on criminal justice policy. From 2009 to 2012, he served as the Executive Director of the Connecticut Network to Abolish the Death Penalty, and directed the statewide organizing, lobbying, and media campaign that successfully repealed Connecticut’s death penalty. Following this campaign, he spent time working as a campaign strategist for the national nonprofit Equal Justice USA.