Jay Clune

  • Position:  Interim Dean, Graduate School
  • Department:  History
  • Office Location:  Building 11, Room 215
  • jclune@uwf.edu
  • Campus: 8504742536


Dr. Jay Clune, professor of history and interim dean, Graduate School, teaches colonial and revolutionary Latin America, Latin America since Independence, and Spanish borderlands.

Clune discovered an appreciation for Latin American history when he was a two-year Peace Corps volunteer in Guatemala. Since then, he has published numerous scholarly articles and chapters on female religious life in colonial Cuba. His book, “A Cuban Convent in the Age of Enlightened Reform,” examines the impact the 18th century European Enlightenment had on the lives of nuns in colonial Cuba and New Orleans. He also co-wrote, “Historic Pensacola,” a book that gives an overview of Pensacola’s history from Tristán de Luna's initial visit and colonization efforts to the United States' acquisition in 1821. In 2010, this book received the Charlton Tebeau Book Award (best general interest book on Florida topic) by the Florida Historical Society.

His work in recent years has focused on developing Next Exit History (NEH). In 2008, Clune and Patrick Moore, associate professor of history at UWF, developed a product that is revolutionizing the way people learn history. NEH initially utilized GPS technology to deliver short audio podcasts about historic and cultural sites accessible from Florida’s interstates. Since its inception, NEH has expanded its offerings to include web and mobile apps that deliver video podcasts on 60,000 historical markers and heritage sites around the world. The app, which has 10,000 users, now also has a game feature that allows users to earn badges for visiting historic sites.

Clune, who was chair of history at UWF from 2004 to 2013, was a Fulbright scholar in Spain (1995) and received the John A. Perry Fellowship in Latin American Studies from Louisiana State University (1995). He is on the board of directors for Gulf South Historical Association, and a member of the Pensacola Historical Society and the West Florida Historic Preservation.

Degrees & Institutions:

He received his bachelor’s degree in marketing from Nicholls State University, a master’s degree in Latin American studies from University of Alabama, and a doctorate in history from Louisiana State University. 


Colonial Catholic Church, Colonial Pensacola

Classes Taught:

Colonial and Revolutionary Latin America,  Latin America Since Independence,  Colonial Latin America, and Spanish Borderlands

Special Interests:

Spanish Caribbean, Spanish Borderlands, 18th Century Atlantic World


    A Cuban Convent in the Age of Enlightened Reform (University Press of Florida 2008)

    Historic Pensacola, co-authored with Margo Stringfield (University Press of Florida, 2009)


    Gulf South Historical Association

    Pensacola Historical Society

    St. Michael's Cemetery Foundation

    Awards and Honors:

    Teaching Incentive Program Award, 2003

    Freedom Foundation at Valley Forge Book for Historic Pensacola

Keywords: colonial and revolutionary Latin America, Latin America since Independence, Spanish borderlands, Next Exit History