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.

Ryan M. Jones

Office Hours, Fall 2023

1:30-2:10 and 4:20-5 T/TH

Curriculum Vitae


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


  • Defeating the “Social Danger” of Homosexuality while “Forging the Fatherland”: Sexual Science and Biotypology in Mexico's National Development, 1927–57, History of the Human Sciences, special issue “Sexual Science and Development”, 36, no. 5 (December 2023): 122–151. link

  • “Now I have Found Myself, and I Am Happy: Marta Olmos, Sex Reassignment, the Media, and Mexico on a Global Stage, 1952–7” Journal of Latin American Studies 55, no. 3 (August 2023): 455–489. link

  • “Check Your Narratives: Essentials for Understanding Latin American History, 1400–Present” in Melanie Medeiros and Jennifer Guzman, eds. Insights on Latin America and the Caribbean: An Ethnographic Reader (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, March 2023)

  • 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’” https://nursingclio.org/2020/03/25/viva-the-queer-zapata-the-sexual-pol… Nursing Clio, March 25, 2020


  • 2022 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching
    SUNY system-wide award recognizing “consistently superior teaching in keeping with the State University’s commitment to providing its students with instruction of the highest quality”

    2019 Professor Recognition Award for “Exceptional Dedication” to Geneseo Students, presented by Student Affairs Council

    2017 Faculty Recognition Award, for “Most Influential Teacher” to Student-Athlete

    2015 Honorable Mention, “Honoring Teachers” Faculty Award, SUNY Geneseo,
    Nominated by students for exceptional contributions to student learning


  • 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 275: Global Hist of Sexual Science

    This course provides students with a rich exploration of the history of sexual science (sexology) on a global scale from the late 19th century through the mid-20th century. Scientific approaches to sex, gender, and sexuality varied in their methods and subjects overtime, and thus we will read a range of materials, including historical, medical, psychiatric, anthropological, journalistic, philosophical, and literary texts, among others. Sexology was the modern discipline, and from Bombay to Berlin, Mexico City to Buenos Aires, Tokyo to Shanghai, it was a defining force in the modern world.

  • HIST 302: Topic: Urban v. Rural Sex Hist

    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. 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.