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Ryan M. Jones

Assistant Professor of History
Sturges Hall 5A

Ryan M. Jones has been a member of the Geneseo faculty since 2014, and is a specialist in the history of modern Latin America.

He is the co-editor of the recently published volume, A Global History of Sexual Science, 1880–1960, the first anthology to provide a worldwide perspective on the birth and development of the field of sexual science.

Office Hours

T/Th 2:20-3:50 and other times by appointment (Spring 2019)

Curriculum Vitae


  • Ph.D. and MA, History, University of Illinois


  • American Historical Association

  • Latin American Studies Association

  • Urban History Association


  • Veronika Fuechtner, Douglas E. Haynes, and Ryan M. Jones, editors, A Global History of Sexual Science, 1880–1960 (University of California Press, 2017)

  • “Mexican Sexology and Male Homosexuality: Genealogies and Global Contexts, 1860–1957 in A Global History of Sexual Science, edited by Veronika Fuechtner, Douglas Haynes, and Ryan M. Jones, 232–257

  • ¡Viva the Queer Zapata! The Sexual Politics of Defining Mexican Identity and Icons in Fabián Cháirez’s ‘La Revolución’” Nursing Clio, March 25, 2020

Research Interests

  • Latin American History
  • Professor Jones is a specialist in Modern Latin American history, particularly in Mexico, Argentina, and Cuba. His thematic research and teaching interests include Gender and Sexuality, Masculinity, Citizenship, Visual Culture/Photography, Pacific Worlds, and Histories of Science and Medicine. He is currently revising a book manuscript entitled Erotic Revolutions that investigates Mexican history through the lens of masculinity, male homosexuality, and citizenship between 1870 and 1968.


  • HIST 270: S/M/His of Latin Amer to 1825

    A broad, globally contextualized survey of Latin American history from its pre-conquest Native American, Iberian, African, and Asian origins to the Age of Revolutions, collapse of the Spanish Empire in the Americas, and the emergence of new national states. The course examines the social, economic, political, cultural, and religious development of Latin America. Topics include pre-Columbian societies, the Reconquista and Conquest, imperial and urban societies, the Baroque period (art, culture, lifestyles), the “Spanish Lake” and silver symbiosis between China and Spain, environmental history and the Columbian Exchange, histories of science, and pirates. This course will explore the histories of race, ethnicity, class, gender, and sexuality through a broad range of primary sources to instruct students on critical thinking and writing, as well as to challenge myths and preconceptions about the region, colonialism, and how human societies are constructed and contested.

  • HIST 302: Res Hist:Sex in the City

    This is one of two required skills-based seminars in the History major that form prerequisites for upper level classes. This course is focused on critical analysis of historical evidence and instruction in historical research methods and writing. Students read, evaluate, and critique a range of different types of primary source evidence, practice locating and retrieving reliable primary and secondary sources, and use these skills to support the crafting of historical arguments in both short papers and longer research projects. All sections will focus on a specific set of historical issues and/or events chosen by the instructor and class content emphasizes work with primary sources specific to the seminar topic. The class is reading and writing intensive. Majors may take HIST 301 and 302 in any sequence, and should plan to complete both HIST 301 and 302 during the sophomore or junior year. Prerequisites: Sophomore standing or higher. Multiple sections offered every fall & spring semester.