Ann Jones came to Smith in 1977 and taught new literary theory through the 1990s, along with a range of other courses, including Homer to Dante, Novels About Novels, Women's Autobiography and the senior seminar for comparative literature majors. With Dana Leibsohn she taught the seminar Translating New Worlds.
In her writing, Jones has pursued her interests in the European Renaissance, love poetry, women's writing, feminist theory and neo-Marxist approaches to culture. Her current project is a study of the costume-book genre, combining prints and texts about dress worldwide, titled Global Habits.
The Currency of Eros: Women's Love Lyric in Europe, 1540–1620.
The Poems and Selected Letters of Veronica Franco, a translation with Tita Rosenthal
With Peter Stallybrass, Renaissance Clothing and the Materials of Memory.
With Tita Rosenthal, a translation of a late 16th-century costume book, Cesare Vecellio's Clothing, Ancient and Modern, of All the World (Venice, 1598), published in 2008.