William G. Jordan

Instructor in History
William G. Jordan


M.A. University System of New Hampshire

Ph.D. University System of New Hampshire

B.A. University of Massachusetts - Lowell


Before beginning his graduate studies in 1989, Mr. Jordan worked as a newspaper reporter in Massachusetts for The Beacon of Acton and the Malden Evening News. He has published a book on history, Black Newspapers and America's War for Democracy, 1914-1920 (University of North Carolina Press, 2001), as well as articles and reviews in journals, including the Journal of American History and the American Historical Review.

Mr. Jordan has taught history at Exeter since the fall of 1997. He is also an assistant coach of the boys cross country team, and serves as adviser to the Exeter Political Union, a student organization that seeks to foster political dialogue across ideological and party lines on campus; chair of the Agenda Committee; co-adviser since 2012 of the student newspaper, The Exonian; and as a dormitory affiliate in Peabody Hall. Previously, he served as dorm head of Amen Hall from 2001 to 2009, and adviser to The Exonian from 1999 to 2004.

At Exeter, Mr. Jordan held a Harland M. Ellis Instructorship from 2002-2007 and received a Brown Award for excellence in teaching in 2008. He currently teaches U.S. history, the history of Ancient Greece, the history of Ancient Rome, American Politics and Public Policy and Law and American Society. He has previously taught courses on the modern world and Asian civilization.

Mr. Jordan lives on campus with his wife, Wendy, their three children, Jamie, Emma, and Lindsey, and their chocolate Lab, Rosie.