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Francis Ryan, Ed.D

Francis Ryan, Ed.D

Professor Emeritus


Francis J. Ryan, Professor of American Studies, is a cultural and intellectual historian of American education. He is also a former president of the Eastern American Studies Association. His research interests include the history of American education (particularly progressive education and Catholic education); American immigration and ethnicity; narcissism in American culture and literature; and the intersection of American history with American art and photography.

He is the co-author of Drowning in the Clear Pool: Cultural Narcissism, Technology & Character Education (New York, Peter Lang Publishing, 2002). He has published articles in Studies in the Humanities, The English Journal, Records of the American Catholic Historical Society, Vitae Scholasticae: Bulletin of Educational Biography, The Social Studies, Journal of Educational Thought, The Polish Review, The Clearing House, Educational Horizons, The British Journal of Educational Technology, The Education Digest, Journal of Technology and Teacher Education, Momentum, The ALAN Review, and the Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia.


  • AMST 100: Introduction to American Studies
  • AMST 200: Themes and Topics in American Culture
  • AMST 400: Capstone Seminar in American Studies
  • History 155: Themes in American History: American Biography
  • History 333: The American Immigrant
  • History 340: History of American Education
  • History 340: The 1960s: The Turbulent Decade
  • History 640: Visualizing History
  • History 700: American Intellectual History
  • History 760: Seminar in American History
  • History 761: Seminar in the History of Education
  • History 770: Thesis Direction I
  • History 780: Thesis Direction II


  • B.A. La Salle University (English)
  • M.A. Temple University (English)
  • M.A. Villanova University (History and Education)
  • Ed.D. Temple University (History and Philosophy of Education)
  • Postdoctoral Study: Visiting Scholar, University of Pennsylvania