Jordan Walters

Jordan Walters

Associate Professor - History

Office: Kauke 113
Phone: 330-287-1960


  • B.A., California State University, Sacramento 2004
  • M.A., California State University, Sacramento 2009
  • Ph.D., University of New Mexico 2015

Courses Taught

  • Intro: History of Sexualities
  • U.S. Experience to 1877
  • A History of Native America
  • The Craft of Public History
  • LGBTQ+ History of the Twentieth-Century United States
  • Race & Ethnicity in Twentieth-Century America 


  • “Offending Moral Decency: The 1969 Love-Lust Controversy and the Sexual Revolution in New Mexico,” Special issue, “New Mexico’s 1960s at 50: Documenting Cultural Change in the Land of Enchantment,” New Mexico Historical Review 93, no. 4 (Fall 2018)
  • "So let me paint': Navajo Artist R.C. Gorman and the Bohemian Art World of San Francisco, California," Pacific Historical Review (forthcoming Fall 2019)
  • Wide-Open Desert: Queer Mobility & Creative Productions, 1920–1980 (book manuscript, in preparation)
  • “Bachelor Girls or Perverts?: Teaching Histories of Sexuality in Public History Courses,” History @ Work blog, National Council on Public History, May 16, 2017,


  • Harry Ransom Center Research Fellowship in the Humanities, University of Texas at Austin, 2016
  • Juliana Wilson Thompson Research Fellowship, College of Wooster, 2016–2017
  • American Historical Association-Mellon Career Diversity Fellowship, 2015
  • The Dorothy Woodward Memorial Fellowship, Department of History, University of New Mexico, 2013–2014
  • George I. Sanchez Fellowship, Center for Southwest Research, University of New Mexico, 2009–2011 

Research Interests

My research investigates the racial and heteronormative underpinnings of American citizenship, the relationship between mobility and queer identity formation, and the intersections of artistic and sexual freedom. I am also a public historian who specializes in digital, community, and oral history projects.