Susan Ryan



Susan Ryan received her PhD in English at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1999), with concentrations in American literature and American studies. Her research interests include U.S. reform movements; the history of authorship and reception; affect studies/cultural history of emotion; literatures of the American Civil War; archival and digital research methods; and American periodicals. She is the author of The Grammar of Good Intentions: Race and the Antebellum Culture of Benevolence (2003) and The Moral Economies of American Authorship” (2016).

Dr. Ryan frequently teaches courses in American literature and culture before 1900. In 2004 she received a Summer Research Stipend from the National Endowment for the Humanities, and in 2003 she received the Olorunsola Faculty Research Award (University of Louisville). The Grammar of Good Intentions received an honorable mention for the Gustave Arlt Book Prize in the Humanities (Council of Graduate Schools, 2004).