Ryan Edwards

Visiting Associate Research Scholar and Visiting Assistant Professor
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329 Burr Hall

Office hours: by appointment

Ryan C. Edwards is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Liberal Arts at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). His current project, From Natural Prison to National Park, explores the relationship between prison and place in Patagonia by tracing the co-constitutive development of incarceration and conservation during the early twentieth-century. The study compares the writings, practices, and experiences of penologists, foresters, inmates, literary figures, and political exiles at “the end of the world,” to recuperate what he calls a “carceral ecology.” In addition to studying prisons, Edwards has worked with incarcerated students and organizations centered on higher education in prisons, including teaching at Cayuga Correctional Facility, presenting for the Alliance for Higher Education in Prison, and writing on Latin America for the Global Carceral Archipelago group. Edwards received his PhD from Cornell University and has been funded by Fulbright Argentina and the Social Science Research Council. He has published in The Appendix, the Hispanic American Historical Review, and the Journal of Historical Geography.

Learn more about the course Ryan will be teaching this spring, LAS 313 / LAO 313 / AAS 331: Locked Up in the Americas: A History of Prisons and Detainment.