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Ryan M. Jones

Associate Professor of History
Doty Hall 239

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


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 271: S/M/His-Latin Amer Since 1825

    A broad survey of Latin American history from independence and the emergence of new nations to the present. Primary emphasis is placed upon the political, social, economic, and cultural development of the major states--Mexico, Brazil, Cuba, Argentina, and Chile, with some attention given to Andean Nations and the Caribbean--as well as to relations and interactions between these nations and the United States. Topics include revolutions, modernity, gender and sexuality, race, American imperialism, immigration, drug wars, art and music movements, the environment, the Cold War, and food history.

  • HIST 301: Int-HIst: Queer Histories

    This is one of two required skills-based seminars in the History major and is focused on critical reading and analysis. This class introduces students to the concept of historiography, which includes the critical assessment of the methods and sources that historians use in fashioning an argument, the contexts that inform historians' approaches to understanding the past, and comparisons of different historians' conclusions about similar topics. All sections will focus on a specific set of historical issues and/or events chosen by the instructor and class content emphasizes critical reflection on the variety of historical interpretations that are possible within a given topic. This class is reading and writing intensive.

  • HIST 470: History of Modern Mexico

    This course covers Mexican history with particular attention to the modern period in larger historical, transnational, and temporal contexts. Topics include: pre-Columbian civilizations, colonial New Spain and the Spanish Empire, Independence and the First Empire, caudillismo and the Mexican American War, the French Intervention and the Second Empire, the Porfiriato and modernity, the Revolution, the socialist experiment and Maximato, Cardenas and nationalism, the consolidation of the Dictablanda, the demise of the PRI after 1968, and the turn towards democracy by the end of the 20th century. Specific attention will be given to popular culture, art, film, music, and muralismo; women, gender, and sexuality; environmental history; race, ethnicity, and indigenismo; nationalism and nation-building; liberalism and its discontents; student activism and social movements; and Mexico in world history.