Joe Jones is studying for a PhD in History at Queen Mary, University of London. History has been Joe’s favourite subject since he was 15 years old. His research focuses on the British Communist Party and its diverse base of migrant activists following the Second World War. By examining a community of prominent black, left-wing activists, the project combines themes of migration, decolonisation and racial campaigning in the trade union movement. On a greater level, the project aims to highlight the changing relationship between race and international communism in the twentieth century.
Joe grew up in south London, before undertaking his BA at the University of Leeds and his MPhil at the University of Cambridge. He has also previously worked for the Imperial War Museum in curation and collections management. Following his PhD, Joe aspires to teach History at university level. Joe is so grateful to be joining the Stuart Hall Foundation and is excited to learn and share ideas with all of its scholars.