Jon Hunner, Ph.D.

Professor  Hunner


Office Hours:

Weds. 10-12

Breland 242




Ph.D., University of New Mexico


Research and Teaching Interests:  United States, New Mexico, public history, atomic history, and the National Park Service.


Professor Hunner has taught at NMSU since 1995.  He has published several books, including most recently Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer, the Cold War, and the Atomic West.  He is also active in preserving nearby history and local heritage through his research and writing and by serving on many boards and committees in New Mexico, nationally, and internationally.  In particular, he has helped celebrate the centenary of New Mexico’s statehood over the last year.


Selected Publications:

download (1)J. Robert Oppenheimer, the Cold War, and the Atomic Age, (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2009).

Senator Pete Domenici’s Legacy: The Proceedings from the 2008 Pete V. Domenici Public Policy Conference, editor, (Albuquerque: Rio Grande Press, 2009).

“Driven by History: Pursuing the Past in Twenty-First-Century New Mexico” and “Toward Normalizing Los Alamos: Cracking the Gates” two chapters in Telling New Mexico: A New State History, editor, Marta Weigle (Santa Fe: Museum of New Mexico Press, 2009).download

Mesilla Valley: An Oasis in the Desert, co-author with students from Public History Program, (Santa Fe: Sunstone Press, 2008).

“Historic Environment Education: Bringing History to Life in the Classroom,” a chapter in Time Travels, Agrita Ozola, editor (Tukums, Latvia: Tukuma Muzejs, 2007).

“The Early Years of Robert Oppenheimer,” a chapter in Oppenheimer and The Manhattan Project, Cynthia C. Kelly, editor (New Jersey: World Scientific, 2006).

Inventing Los Alamos: The Growth of an Atomic Community, (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2004).



Time Traveling through New Mexico History (Spring 2015), Nuclear Nation, New Mexico History (Spring 2015), US History since 1877, Historical Editing, Public History seminar, History, Myth, and Memory seminar, Interpreting Historic Places, US History since 1960 (Spring 2015).