Ph.D. English with Designated Emphasis in Critical Theory, University of California, Davis, 2009
Ryan is also a staff writer at PopMatters.
Main Street and Empire: The Fictional Small Town in the Age of Globalization (Rutgers University Press, 2012)
“The Rising Tide of Neoliberalism: Attica Locke’s Black Water Rising and the Segregated Geographies of Globalization” in Class and Culture in Crime Fiction: Essays on Works in English Since the 1970s (McFarland & Company, 2014)
“The Boss and the Workers: Bruce Springsteen as Blue-Collar Icon” in Blue Collar Pop Culture: From NASCAR to the Jersey Shore (Praeger, 2012)
"Can One Get Out? The Aesthetics of Afro-Pessimism," Journal of Midwest Modern Language Association, Special Issue: "Arts and Activism" (Fall 2019)
"Neoliberal Heroes:Clint Eastwood's Sully and the Haunting of History." The Journal of Popular Culture, Special Edition: Neoliberalism and Popular Culture," (April 2018)
"Lynn Nottage's Theatre of Genocide: Ruined, Rape, and Afropessimism." Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism 35.1 (2020): 81-105.
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