Chadron State College
Chadron State College

Employee Profile


Mary Clai Jones

Justice Studies, Social Sciences, & English - English
Assistant Professor

Contact Information

Phone: 308-432-6308
Office: Old Admin 221


Phd in English from University of Kentucky
*Certificate in Gender and Women's Studies
MA in English from Appalachian State University
MA in English with Creative Writing concentration from Appalachian State University

Responsibilities at CSC/ Past Experience

At Chadron State College, I teach Elements of Literature, World Literature, English Literature, Multi Ethnic Literature, and Gender and Sexuality Literature. I also teach many Essential Studies writing courses such as ENG 135, 136, and 299. Based on my past writing center experience, I help train writing tutors in the Learning Center. After I finished my doctorate, I worked as the Writing Area Coordinator at Lincoln University of Missouri. Before I received my PhD, I started a writing center at Charleston Southern University. During my doctoral program, I served as a Writing Program Assistant, training in-coming teaching assistants to teach freshman composition and Writing, Rhetoric, and Digital Media courses.

Campus Involvement

Co-advisor for the local chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honors Society
Big Event Volunteer
Chadron Foundation Volunteer
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day participant

Research/ Interests

My research interests focus on the intersections of gender, material culture, and social geography. My current book project is tentatively titled Women on the Move: Navigating Space in Victorian Fiction. “Fashioning Spaces of Play in Victorian Doll Stories” appeared in Nineteenth Century Gender Studies and “Marie Corelli’s Ziska and Fantastic Feminism” is included in Routledge’s edited collection The Female Fantastic: Gendering the Supernatural in the 1890s and 1920s.


When I'm not reading, writing, and grading, I enjoy watching birds, hiking, and cooking.