Menu Search
Back to Faculty
Photo of Kelly Ryan

Kelly A. Ryan Ph.D.

Dean, School of Social Sciences
Associate Professor of History

Crestview Hall 140A
Phone: (812) 941-2391
ryanka@ius.edu

Biography

Kelly A. Ryan is Dean of the School of Social Sciences and an Associate Professor of history.  She specializes in race, gender, sexuality and violence in early United States history, and teaches courses on United States history prior to 1865. Professor Ryan also teaches specialized courses on gender and sexuality, as well as historical methods and senior seminars. She has won several teaching awards, including four Trustees Teaching Awards.

Professor Ryan's first book Regulating Passion: Sexuality and Patriarchal Rule in Massachusetts, 1700-1830 (Oxford, 2014) studied sexual trends in Massachusetts between 1700 and 1830 to discover changes in early American hierarchies of gender, race and class. For information on Regulating Passion, see the link below.

She is currently working on a new research project, which examines intimate violence between masters and slaves, husbands and wives and within families to discover changing notions of citizenship and power in early North American history.  In 2015, she was awarded a New Frontiers research grant from Indiana University to work on this project.   Recently, Early American Studies published an article on wife abuse written by Professor Ryan, entitled "'The Spirit of Contradiction': Wife Abuse in New England, 1780-1830." 

Academic Background

  • Doctorate

    • University of Maryland, College Park, MD, United States
    • Doctor of Philosophy in History, Major in Sexuality, Women’s and Gender History, Minor in Early Modern Europe
  • Masters

    • Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA, United States
    • Master of Arts in History, Major in US History to 1900, Minor in African American History
  • Bachelors

    • George Mason Univeristy, Fairfax, VA, United States
    • Bachelor of Arts, Major in History

Professional Interests

Teaching

Early American history; US women’s and gender history; US history of sexuality

Research

Professor Ryan is interested in the way power operates in society, and much of research has been on the role of sexuality and violence in structuring society.  She writes and researches intersectional histories, which use the lenses of race, class, gender, and sexuality to uncover interlocking hierarchies.

Teaching Resource Websites

Publications

Journal Articles

  • Kelly A. Ryan. (2015). 'The Spirit of Contradiction:' Wife Abuse in New England, 1780-1830. Early American Studies, 13 (3), 586-625.

Books

  • Kelly A. Ryan. (2014). Regulating Passion: Sexuality and Patriarchal Rule in Massachusetts, 1700-1830. New York: Oxford University Press.

Campus Events

Christmas Holiday - Campus Closed

Christmas Holiday - Campus Closed

December 25th, 2017

All day event

New Year's Day Holiday - Campus Closed

New Year's Day Holiday - Campus Closed

January 1st, 2018

All day event

Wintersession 2017 Classes End

Wintersession 2017 Classes End

January 4th, 2018

All day event

Wintersession 2017 Finals

Wintersession 2017 Finals

January 6th, 2018

All day event

Spring 2018 Classes Begin

Spring 2018 Classes Begin

January 8th, 2018

All day event

Last  Day for 100% Refund Period

Last Day for 100% Refund Period

January 14th, 2018

All day event

Martin Luther King Holiday - CAMPUS CLOSED

Martin Luther King Holiday - CAMPUS CLOSED

January 15th, 2018

All day event

RICHARD MARX

RICHARD MARX

January 24th, 2018

7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Acoustic Eidolon

Acoustic Eidolon

February 8th, 2018

7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Registration Appointments for Summer/Fall 2018

Registration Appointments for Summer/Fall 2018

February 19th, 2018

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Early (Priority) Registration Begins for Fall 2018

Early (Priority) Registration Begins for Fall 2018

March 5th, 2018

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Last day to Withdraw for Full-Term

Last day to Withdraw for Full-Term

March 11th, 2018

All day event

See All Events » Submit an Event »