University of Virginia
Curriculum Vitae (abridged)
University of Virginia
Professor Ervin L. Jordan Jr. is an Associate Professor and Research Archivist at the University of Virginia’s Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library since 1979. He specializes in Civil War and African-American history, and is the author of three books including Black Confederates and Afro-Yankees in Civil War Virginia (1995). He has published more than sixty articles and essays in various academic and historical journals and encyclopedias including The Encyclopedia of the United States in the Nineteenth Century, The Western Journal of Black Studies, Voices from within the Veil: African Americans and the Experience of Democracy, and biographical sketches of Afro-Virginian Reconstruction politicians in Encyclopedia Virginia. Professor Jordan currently serves on the State Historical Records Advisory Board, the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation Board of Trustees, the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation 2019 Commemoration Steering Committee, and, the President’s Commission on Slavery and the University. Since August 2015, he is an affiliated faculty member of the John L. Nau III Center for Civil War History, University of Virginia College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences.
A native of Norfolk, Virginia, Professor Jordan holds history degrees and graduated with honors from Norfolk State University and Old Dominion University. He is a member of the Society of American Archivists, the Association for The Study of African-American Life and History, the Organization of American Historians, the Southern Historical Association, and Phi Alpha Theta, a national society that promotes the study, research, and teaching of history. He was the 1994 recipient of the Old Dominion University chapter of Phi Kappa Phi’s outstanding alumnus award, and the 2008 “Black Community Advocate Award” from the Black Leadership Institute, the University of Virginia Chapter of the NAACP and the Black Student Alliance. Professor Jordan was one of two faculty members who received special recognition by the University of Virginia’s Office of African-American Affairs for contributions and dedication to students during its 11th annual Donning of the Kente Ceremony for graduating fourth year students in May 2015.