James Edwards Jones

153 Greenwood Street, New Haven, Connecticut 06511USA

(203) 865 – 5805 jonesyahya@yahoo.com


·        Hartford Seminary, Doctor of Ministry, (Christian-Muslim Relations)1989

·        Yale University, Divinity School, Master of Arts in Religion, 1983

·        Yale University, School of Law/Graduate School (African-American History) joint program, 1968-70 (No degree)

·        Hampton University, BS, History (Secondary Ed), magna cum laude, 1968



·        Co-coordinator, Manhattanville College Center for Middle East Understanding, 2000 -

·        Associate Professor of World Religions with concurrent appointment in African Studies, Manhattanville College, 1990-

·        Chair of World Religions, Manhattanville College, 2002 – 2004, 2006-2008

·        Faculty, The International Summer School on Religion and Public Life (ISSRPL) held in Stolac, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Boston, USA, 2006

·        Academic Director, Intensive Summer Arabic program for USA students at Al-Azhar U. in Cairo, Egypt, 2005 -2007 

·        Visiting Professor – Preston U. Islamic Studies Program, Ajman, UAE, 2005

·        Chair of African Studies, Manhattanville College, 1994 –1998

·        Visiting Professor, Graduate School of Islamic and Social Sciences, 1996-

·        Director (Dean), School of Human Services and Associate Professor, New Hampshire College, (New Haven branch campus) 1982-1987, Springfield College, 1988

·        Instructor, Goddard College, 1974-1976

·        Teaching Assistant, Yale University, 1968-1970



·        Member, Editorial Board for Islamic Horizons, 2003 -

·        Member, Interfaith Peacebuilding project - Fuller Theological Sem,2004-

·        President’s University Council - Religious & Spiritual Life at Yale, 2003 – 2005

·        Advisory Board – Hartford Seminary’s Duncan Black Macdonald Center for the    Study of Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations, 2000-

·        Hearing Officer, New Haven Board of Education, 1981-

·        Islamic Chaplain, Connecticut Department of Corrections, 1980-

·        Diversity Consultant, General Motors Corporation, 2002

·        Teacher Recruiter and Consultant, Al-Iman School, Bahrain, 1995-1999

·        Trainer, United States Peace Corps, 1986-1994

·        Race Relations Consultant, Southern New England Telephone (AT&T), 1983-1994

·        Consultant, Petroleum Co. of Trinidad and Tobago Ltd., 1992-1993

·        Scholar in Residence, Temple Emanuel of Greater New Haven, Fall 1990

·        Community Educator /Trainer, The APT Foundation, New Haven CT, 1989-1990

·        Race Relations Consultant, Episcopal Diocese of CT, 1985-1988

·        Drug Abuse Prevention Coordinator, Yale Medical School, 1979-1981

·        Executive Director, Black Coalition of Greater New Haven, 1974-1979

·        Member, Board of Education - City of New Haven CT, 1977-1981

·        Associate Director, NARCO, New Haven, 1968-1973



·        Met with senior advisors to Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas and the Authority’s Minister of Negotiations Affairs, Saeb Erakat, on behalf of the Manhattanville College Center for Middle East Understanding; Also Visited the Israel/Palestine campuses of Al-Quds University in Abu Dis and Birzeit University near Birzeit and Ramallah on behalf of the Center, Mar 2006

·        “Exodus and Eschatology: How African American Islam Informs the Discourse on Ruling the Other” at the invitation-only annual International Theology Conference at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem (Feb 26- Mar 2, 2006

·        The Third Force: A Practical, Community-Building: Approach to Settling Destructive Conflicts” 2005 Workshop on Humiliation and Violent Conflict  at Columbia University, Dec 15-16, 2005

·        “How Islam Can Contribute Towards A Better America” UCONN, Oct 27, 2004

·        “Islam, Identity & the American Dream” U of Hartford, Oct 25, 2004

·        “Defining The True American Values”; Northeastern U, Oct 9, 2004

·        Introduction to Islam”; Albertus Magnus College, Aug 10, 2004

·        Live interview on Fox News Channel’s “The Big Story” on US Department of Justice report on the infiltration of Al-Qaeda in US prisons, May 5, 2004

·        And in the day… How our dreams for the future can become nightmares for the present- a Muslim-Christian-Jewish Dialog.” Shalom Hartman Institute, Jerusalem; Feb 11, 2004

·        Ethical Dilemmas of Chaplains in the 21st Century”; PA Prison Chaplain’s Association Columbia PA; Oct 21-23, 2003

·        Islam, A Challenge for America”; Penn State, University Park PA; Oct 23, 2003