Dr. Ryan Jordan

Dr. Jordan is a historian of religion and race specializing in the 18th and 19th century United States, as well as in the history of California. He previously taught at Lafayette College, UC San Diego, and the University of San Diego before joining the faculty of National University in La Jolla, CA. In 2003-04 he was a fellow at the Center for the Study of Religion at Princeton University. Dr. Jordan holds a Ph.D. in History from Princeton University (2004), as well as a B.A in History from UCLA (1998). Dr. Jordan has written extensively on the discourse of religious liberty and race in 19th century America. He is also an expert on the early history of the Society of Friends (Quakers.) More recently, Dr. Jordan’s research has turned to the social and economic history of southern California, and he is currently at work on a study of the Capistrano Valley in southern Orange County.

Honors and Awards

  • 2018, Shelby Cullom Davis Merit Prize
  • 2017, Presidential Appointment, Office of the President
  • 2010, Non-Senate Faculty Professional Development Award
  • 2003, Fellow, Center for the Study of Religion


  • Jordan, R. (2010). American History to 1877: A Narrative with Documents.
  • Jordan, R. (2017). Capturing History: Brief Readings on America from Discovery to 1877.
  • Jordan, R. (2014). Contested Revolutions: The Era of American Independence, 1763-1791.
  • Jordan, R. (2012). Church, State, and Race in the United States: The Discourse of American Religious Liberty, 1750-1900.
  • Jordan, R. (2012). Silver: The People's Metal.
  • Jordan, R. (2007). Slavery and the Meetinghouse: The Quakers and the Abolitionist Dilemma, 1820-65.
  • Jordan, R. (2016). The Blair Family: A Reference Work for Genealogists.
Dr. Ryan Jordan

Contact Information

Dr. Ryan Jordan

College: College of Letters and Sciences

Department: Social Sciences


(858) 642-8123

Torrey Pines South Campus


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