Eberly Family Distinguished Professor of Outstanding Teaching
BA, Boston College
Ph.D. University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Office: 221 Colson Hall
Katy Ryan is an Eberly Family Distinguished Professor of Outstanding Teaching. She has received the Neil S. Bucklew Award for Social Justice, the WVU Foundation Outstanding Teaching Award, the Eberly College Outstanding Teaching Award, and the James and Arthur Gabriel Brothers Faculty Award for teaching and service. She edited a collection of writings on the death penalty, Demands of the Dead: Executions, Storytelling, and Activism (Univ. of Iowa, 2012). She teaches courses in American literature, prison studies, and performance. In 2004, she founded the Appalachian Prison Book Project (https://aprisonbookproject.wordpress.com/), a nonprofit that sends free books to women and men imprisoned in six states.
Twentieth-Century American Literature
“A Prison Nation and Freedom Dreams: 1980s’ Literature of Imprisonment,” American Literature in Transition: 1980-1990 (Forthcoming – Cambridge University Press, 2017).
“’When Freedom Comes’: Maria Parker and the West Virginia State Penitentiary,” West Virginia History [Forthcoming Spring 2017].
With Yvonne Hammond, “Work & Hope and the West Virginia State Penitentiary,” West Virginia History [Forthcoming Spring 2017].
“Prison, Time, Kairos in Langston Hughes’s Scottsboro, Limited.” Modern Drama 58.2 (June 2015): 171-193.
Editor, Demands of the Dead: Executions, Storytelling, and Activism in the United States (Univ. of Iowa Press, 2012). http://www.uiowapress.org/books/2012-spring/demands-dead.htm
“A View of The Brig: From the Cage to the Street.” Political and Protest Theatre after 9-11: Patriotic Dissent (Routledge, 2012).
“State Killing, the Stage of Innocence, and The Exonerated.” American Literature 83.1 (March 2011).
“Permeable Borders and American Prisons: Malcolm Braly’s On the Yard.” Texas Studies in Literature and Language 50.3 (Fall 2008).
“Horizons of Grace: Marilynne Robinson and Simone Weil.” Philosophy and Literature 29.2 (Oct. 2005): 349-364.
“Falling in Public: Larsen’s Passing, McCarthy’s The Group, and Baldwin’s Another Country.” Studies in the Novel 36.1 (Spring 2004): 95-119.
“Assurance of God.” Short Story. Denver Quarterly (Winter 2001).
“Revolutionary Suicide in Toni Morrison’s Novels.” African American Review (Fall 2000).
“Documentary Films on U.S. Social Issues.” Humanities Collection 1.3 (1999).
”’No Less Human’: Making History in Suzan-Lori Parks’s The American Play.” Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism 8.2 (Spring 1999).
“A Body’s Mind Experience in Tim Miller’s Workshop.” Theatre Topics 7.2 (Sept. 1997).