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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.

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