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


  • “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 (FirstView, August 25 2023) 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 270: Hist 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 301: Inter in 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.