Jonathan Hall's earlier research was focused on the cultural and social history of ancient Greece, with a particular emphasis on the construction, meaning, and functions of ethnic identity among Greek communities. His first book, Ethnic Identity in Greek Antiquity (Cambridge, 1997), tackled the question of Greek ethnicity from an explicitly interdisciplinary point of view and received the 1999 Charles J. Goodwin Award for Merit from the American Philological Association. A second book, Hellenicity: Between Ethnicity and Culture (Chicago, 2002), explored the emergence and transformation of Greek self-consciousness in antiquity, and was the recipient of the 2004 Gordon J. Laing Award from the University of Chicago Press. His History of the Archaic Greek World, ca. 1200–479 BCE (Malden MA, 2007), has been translated into Polish and Greek and has appeared in a second revised edition (Chichester, 2014), while his most recent book, Artifact and Artifice: Classical Archaeology and the Ancient Historian (Chicago, 2014), examines a series of case studies from the Greek and Roman worlds as part of a reflection on the relationship between documentary evidence and material culture. He is also the author of a series of articles and chapters concerning the early polis, Greek colonization, and cultural identities. Currently he is interested in nineteenth-century Greece and especially issues of cultural heritage in the newly independent kingdom. In 2009 he was awarded the Quantrell Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.