Mark P. Jones is the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy’s political science fellow, the Joseph D. Jamail Chair in Latin American Studies and a Professor in the Department of Political Science at Rice University as well as a Senior Research Associate at the University of Houston Hobby School of Public Affairs. Jones received his B.A. from Tulane University and his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.
Jones is the lead author of Texas Politics Today, a frequent author of opinion pieces on Texas politics and government in outlets such as the Houston Chronicle, Dallas Morning News, San Antonio Express-News and Texas Tribune, and a frequent author of reports on Texas politics and policy published by both the Baker Institute and Hobby School as well as other organizations such as the Texas Hispanic Policy Foundation. Jones is among the most frequently quoted experts on Texas politics and government in the international, national, state, and local media, and is a regular guest on local and statewide NPR programs such as “Houston Matters” and “The Texas Standard” and local television programs such as KPRC’s “Houston Newsmakers” and KRIV’s “What’s Your Point?”.