Ann Jones (author)

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Ann Jones
Ann Jones in 2014.jpg
Ann Jones in 2014
Born September 3, 1937
Eau Claire, Wisconsin
Occupation Writer, journalist, photographer, educator, civil rights activist
Genre Non-fiction

Ann Jones (born September 3, 1937) is an American journalist and author of a number of non-fiction books about her research into women's and humanitarian issues: Women Who Kill, Kabul in Winter, Looking for Lovedu, Next Time She'll be Dead and When Love Goes Wrong. She has also written and taken photographs for a number of publications including National Geographic Traveler, Outside, The Nation, The San Francisco Chronicle and The New York Times. The majority of her work and writings centers on women's issues, especially domestic violence. Jones has provided humanitarian aid around the world, including Afghanistan, Liberia, Sierra Leone and the Ivory Coast.[1] She currently resides in Oslo, Norway.


Ann Jones was born September 3, 1937, in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, the daughter of insurance broker Oscar Trygve Slagsvol and musician Bernice Slagsvol.[2] She grew up in Wisconsin and graduated from Eau Claire Memorial High School in 1955. She received a doctorate in American literature and intellectual history from the University of Wisconsin–Madison[3] in 1970, and taught English at City College of New York from 1970 to 1973. She served as coordinator of women's studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst (1973–1975) and was a member of the writing faculty at Mount Holyoke College (1986–1997). In 2002 Jones became a human rights researcher, teacher and women's advocate in Afghanistan.[2]


Women's violence issues[edit]

Women Who Kill,[4] originally published in 1980 and then re-printed in 1996 was Jones' first widely released and read book and included coverage of notable mysteries including that of Lizzie Borden.[5] The book led to Jones being interviewed on subjects such as female incarceration,[6] battered wives,[7] and other issues affecting female violence. The book included controversial issues including whether homicide was a woman's last defense if she could not get support from others, including the police.[8] Next Time She'll be Dead,[9] like When Women Kill, examined known cases of domestic violence and its effect on women, including Hedda Nussbaum.[10] When Love Goes Wrong.,[11] which Jones co-wrote with Susan Schechter, was intended as a resource for women suffering from abuse.[12]

Travel related[edit]

Ann Jones giving a talk as part of the Lannan Foundation's In Pursuit of Cultural Freedom lecture series at the Lensic Theater in Santa Fe[13]

Kabul in Winter,[14] written about Jones' experience in Afghanistan in 2002 and her observations of a city utterly destroyed by war, warlords and the Taliban where she felt a need to try to pick up the pieces.[15] While in Afghanistan, Jones drew on her training as an English teacher and helped to re-train the city's teachers,[16] a challenge in a city where more than 95% of the women are affected by domestic violence.[17] Jones is critical of the George W. Bush administration, especially its policies in Afghanistan,[18] and the ways in which relief funds are used,[19] and her book touches on how those policies made working in Afghanistan somewhat of a challenge.[15]

She has also reported from Afghanistan while embedded with U.S. and Afghan National Army troops.[20]

Looking for Lovedu,[21] chronicles Jones' experience as she travels the length of Africa from Morocco to South Africa and her experiences with border guards, who could not understand her travelling on her own.[22] Jones took the trip with British photographer Kevin Muggleton as a search for South Africa's Lovedu tribe,[22] but the trip ended up to be about far more, including women's issues in present-day Africa.[23]



  1. ^ Ann Jones (2008-02-17). "A War on Women". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2008-02-23. 
  2. ^ a b Ann Jones in Contemporary Authors Online. Gale. January 19, 2012. Retrieved May 13, 2012.
  3. ^ Ann Jones Forum Special (press release), The Forum Tradition, University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire, April 20, 1981. Retrieved May 13, 2012.
  4. ^ Jones, Ann (1996). Women Who Kill. Beacon Press. p. 448. ISBN 0-8070-6775-X. 
  5. ^ Denise Noe (2008-02-02). "Was There a Conspiracy in the Infamous Murder Mystery of Andrew and Abby Borden". Men's News Daily. Retrieved 2008-02-23. 
  6. ^ M.L. Lyke (2003-03-05). "Number of Female Inmates Soars". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Retrieved 2008-02-23. 
  7. ^ Ann Jones (1985-09-15). "Convicting a Battered Wife". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-02-23. 
  8. ^ Teresa Carpenter (1989-12-31). "The Final Self-Defense". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-02-23. 
  9. ^ Jones, Ann (2000). Next Time She'll be Dead. Beacon Press. p. 309. 080706789X. 
  10. ^ Francine Russo (1997-03-30). "The Faces of Hedda Nussbaum". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-02-23. 
  11. ^ Jones, Ann; Susan Schechter (1993). When Love Goes Wrong. HarperCollins. p. 368. 0060923695. 
  12. ^ Campbell Robertson (2004-02-16). "Susan Schechter, 57, Author of Books Exploring Impact of Domestic Violence". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-02-23. 
  13. ^ Jones, Ann (November 12, 2014). Ann Jones, introduced by Andrew Bacevich, talked about her work (Speech). In Pursuit of Cultural Freedom. Santa Fe. Retrieved November 27, 2015. 
  14. ^ Jones, Ann (2006). Kabul in Winter: Life Without Peace in Afghanistan. Macmillan. p. 321. 0805078843. 
  15. ^ a b William Grimes (2006-04-05). "Lowly Status of Women in a Land Struggling to Rise". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-02-23. 
  16. ^ "Kabul in Winter: Life Without Peace in Afghanistan". Foreign Policy Association. Archived from the original on 2007-08-19. Retrieved 2008-02-23. 
  17. ^ John Freeman (2007-06-14). "Married to the Same Man". The Jerusalem Post. Retrieved 2008-02-23. 
  18. ^ Ann Jones (2006-11-01). "US's Afghan Policies Going Up in Smoke". Asia Times. Retrieved 2008-02-23. 
  19. ^ Peter Lloyd (2006-09-25). "Slow Pace of Change in Afghanistan Prompts Questions". The World Today. ABC News. Retrieved 2008-02-23. 
  20. ^ Jones, Ann (August 1, 2010). "Tomgram: Ann Jones, In Bed With the U.S. Army". Retrieved August 17, 2016. 
  21. ^ Jones, Ann (2001). Looking for Lovedu. Knopf Publishing Group. p. 288. 0375405542. 
  22. ^ a b Kate Madden Yee (2001-08-29). "The Footprints Women Make". The East Bay Express. Retrieved 2008-02-23. 
  23. ^ Richard Bernstein (2001-01-26). "Books of the Times; Trekking Widely Across an Africa of the Imagination". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-02-23. 

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