PhD student in History
Ryan entered the History PhD program in 2017. He studies the social and carceral histories of subaltern African diasporic women and men in the Americas, particularly the Anglo-Caribbean. His current research explores how black workers in post-Emancipation Jamaica transformed their everyday market and political-ecological practices in response to erratic weather patterns and contestation over water resources. In a past life, Ryan sailed around the Caribbean as an electronics technician in the US Coast Guard from 2002 to 2008.