Francis Ryan, Ed.D.

Professor Emeritus
School of Arts and Sciences, American Studies, History

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 HumanitiesThe English JournalRecords of the American Catholic Historical SocietyVitae Scholasticae: Bulletin of Educational BiographyThe Social StudiesJournal of Educational ThoughtThe Polish ReviewThe Clearing HouseEducational HorizonsThe British Journal of Educational TechnologyThe Education DigestJournal of Technology and Teacher EducationMomentumThe 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


  • 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