Halbert Jones became director of the Rothermere American Institute in August 2016. Prior to joining the RAI, he led the North American Studies Programme at St Antony's College. As the Programme's first director, he developed its interdisciplinary approach to the study of the continent as a region, examining themes and issues that transcend national boundaries in North America. Dr Jones received his PhD in history from Harvard University in 2006, serving subsequently as an historian at the Office of the Historian of the US State Department, as a visiting fellow at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México, and as a senior fellow at Harvard's David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies. His research interests include the history of US foreign policy, US-Latin American relations, mid-nineteenth-century expansionism, and twentieth-century Mexican politics.
- "The War Has Brought Peace to Mexico": World War II and the Consolidation of the Post-Revolutionary State (University of New Mexico Press, 2014).
- Foreign Relations of the United States, 1969-1976, Vol. E-11, Part 1: Documents on Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean, 1973-1976, co-editor (US Department of State, 2015).
- Foreign Relations of the United States, 1969-1976, Vol. E-11, Part 2: Documents on South America, 1973-1976, co-editor (US Department of State, 2015).
- Foreign Relations of the United States, 1977-1980, Vol. XXIII: Mexico, Cuba, and the Caribbean, co-editor (US Department of State, forthcoming).
- Governing the North American Arctic: Sovereignty, Security, and Institutions, co-edited with Dawn Alexandrea Berry and Nigel Bowles (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016).