Gwion Jones

D.Phil. in History

Gwion Wyn Jones read History as an undergraduate at the University of Cambridge where he won the Margaret Hastings Prize, Russel Gurney Scholarship, and the Ellen McArthur Scholarship. He moved to Oxford for a Master’s in US History where he received the Carwardine Prize. He stayed at Oxford to pursue his DPhil, where he is the current Edward Orsborn scholar at University College.

Gwion’s research focuses on the United States’ largest home missionary organisations in the post-Civil War era. By the 1890s, these societies were bigger, wealthier, and more widely supported they had ever been at any previous point of Christianity’s “great century” of expansion. His doctorate tries to understand why ordinary Americans bankrolled this growth, and how investing in the cause of domestic evangelisation developed their own identities as pious and patriotic citizens in an era when the nation struggled to define who and what constituted a ‘proper’ American.


Jones, Gwion Wyn.  “Between Scylla and Charybdis: Religion and the Meaning of Union in the Border States, 1861-1865,” American Nineteenth Century History, (Forthcoming).

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