Jordan Lynton Cox

 Jordan Lynton Cox


  • Anthropology & Middle Eastern Cultures
  • African American Studies


  • Assistant Professor

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I am an Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology in the Anthropology and Middle Eastern Studies department at Mississippi State University. My research is attuned to questions of racial/ethnic formation, transnationalism, diaspora, nationalism, and political economy. In my work I explore how legacies of colonialism, Afro-Asian intimacies, and the complex histories of racialization in black majority Caribbean contexts shape the contours of PRC (People’s Republic of China) expansion. While trained as an anthropologist, I am committed to applying interdisciplinary methodologies and theories and often incorporate my training in postcolonial theory, black studies, geography and Geographic Information Systems in my work.

My graduate degree was supported by a Ronald E. McNair Fellowship. My research has been awarded research grants from Fulbright Hays and the Coordinating Council for Women in History. In 2020, I was a Fellow at the Ostrom Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis and am currently a faculty affiliate with the workshop. During the 2022-2023 academic year I completed a Community Engaged Learning Fellowship through the MSU Center for Community Engagement as received a fellowship for the American Anthropological Association to complete the Op-Ed Projects “Write to Change the World” program. In 2023, I received an NEH grant to develop a 3-year community engaged field school, examining a Historic African American cemetery in Starkville, MS.

Research interests:

Current Projects:
PI, Community Engaged Field school Project
Director, Storymapping and Sociospatial Innovation Collaboratory
Co-PI, Mississippi Missing and Unidentified Persons Repository
Latin America and Caribbean Editor, The People’s Map of Global China
Researcher, Mississippi Crime and Justice Unit

Areas of Expertise

Chinese infrastructure development, Caribbean anthropology, racial/ethnic identity, transnationalism, diaspora, migration, nationalism, political economy, postcolonial theory, community organizations/associations, critical geography, geographic information systems, critical pedagogy