Office: Armory 1B35
Associate Professor Kathleen M. Ryan is a documentary filmmaker with more than 20 years of experience in network and local news.
Her research and creative work focus on transformations in storytelling due to shifting media technologies. Specifically, she explores the intersection of theory and praxis within evolving media forms such as the interactive documentary. Her hybrid projects deal with issues of gender, self-identity, visuality and user/participant agency.
She teaches classes on visual communication, documentary, media history and news production.
Ryan has been recognized for excellence in both her professional and academic work, including an award of merit from the Broadcast Education Association for the films Homefront Heroines: The WAVES of World War II and Backstretch, and a New England Emmy nomination. She is co-editor of the series Lexington Studies in Communication and Storytelling and editor of three books on the role television plays in our understanding of the world.
She holds a PhD in communication and society from the University of Oregon, an MA in broadcast journalism from the University of Southern California, and a BA in political science from the University of California, Santa Barbara.