IMG_1182Jecoa Ross is a doctoral candidate in the University of Texas at El Paso Borderlands History PhD Program, where he specializes in Borderlands and United States History with a minor concentration in the history of Psychiatry and Empire. His research focuses on the history of the Texas sodomy and homosexual conduct statutes, and his work has earned him the UTEP College of Liberal Arts Outstanding Thesis Awards for his undergraduate and master’s theses as well as generous financial support for his dissertation research from the UTEP Department of History and UNT Libraries’ Special Collections.

Jecoa is also a part-time history instructor at El Paso Community College, a former Mellon fellow with the EPCC-UTEP Humanities Collaborative, a current full-time parent, and a music artist who has been involved in different projects in and around the Atlanta, Austin, El Paso, and Houston areas since 1995.