Through Sophia's reporting on women's role in peace and conflict, she explores how gender dynamics shape our world today, highlighting women's often under-covered stories on and beyond the battlefield.
She leads a global team of reporters and visual storytellers at the Fuller Project, a journalism nonprofit that partners with leading media to report on key issues impacting women around the world. Their mission: to amplify women's voices, dig deep through research and reporting, and produce hard-hitting journalism on under-covered gender issues shaping our world today.
She has written and reported for The New York Times Magazine, Marie Claire Magazine, Politico, Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs, The Atlantic, NPR, Public Radio International, Elle, Glamour Magazine, SIERRA Magazine, WIRED'S Backchannel, HuffPost, The Christian Science Monitor, The Daily Beast, The New Republic, Reuters and others. Prior to joining the Fuller Project in 2017, Sophia served as HuffPost's Middle East correspondent from 2013-2016.
In 2019, Sophia received an award from the Military Reporters and Editors Association for her reporting for The New York Times Magazine on the complicated, expensive, and controversial US-led NATO effort to recruit Afghan women in security forces, train them, and keep them alive. Her reporting from Afghanistan has also been shortlisted for the Biedler Prize for Cancer Reporting and the South Asian Journalists Association Daniel Pearl Award for outstanding reporting from South Asia. She was a 2017 grantee with the Fund for Investigative Journalism, European Journalism Centre, and Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.
Sophia has reported from Iraq, Afghanistan, Turkey, Egypt, Tunisia, Jordan, Lebanon, Israel, the West Bank and Gaza, South Africa, Ghana, Greece, Russia, Macedonia, Serbia, Hungary, Germany, and the United States.
Sophia is available for speaking engagements. She's led panel discussions on women and journalism at the Newseum in DC, and at SXSW in Austin. She has appeared on MSNBC, CNN, NPR and Al Jazeera America to discuss her work.
She is certified in battlefield medical aid and trained to safely report in conflict zones.
Follow Sophia on Twitter at @sophia_mjones. Shoot her an email about collaboration, speaking engagements, story ideas, or to just say, 'hi.'
The New York Times Magazine
Inside the expensive and controversial US-led NATO mission to recruit and support Afghan women in uniform, and keep them alive.
There is no radiation or readily available chemotherapy for women who have breast cancer in Afghanistan.
The first-ever all-female TV news station there runs a lot like any station in the U.S., with one big exception: These journalists are risking their lives.
Putin turned to the Orthodox Church to help consolidate his rule. And the Church cracked down on sensible approaches to sexually transmitted diseases. Now, Russia has a crisis on its hands.
Foreign Policy Magazine
The country isn't just flouting international law by collectively punishing the wives of Islamic State fighters—it's inviting a return to war.
In Ghana’s breadbasket, women battle a Colorado mining giant for land and livelihood.
Marie Claire Magazine
Now that the Islamic State has lost its militant group on Iraq, what will become of the women being punished for their husbands’ crimes?
Russian women are fighting back against fighting back against Russia’s Kremlin-influenced trolling machine.
The New York Times
What if Afghan women don’t need rescuing? What if, instead, the US better supported them while they rebuild their own country?