bio:


Ryan M. Milner is an Assistant Professor of Communication at the College of Charleston in Charleston, SC, USA. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Kansas in 2012.


Ryan’s research intersects participatory media and public conversation. He investigates the social, political, and cultural implications of mass connection, and has published on mediated subcultures, media audiences, and online research methods. Most substantially, Ryan has emerged as a leading scholar on internet memes, spending a half-decade immersed in the sites of their creation, circulation, and transformation. In this time, he has published in The Fibreculture Journal and the International Journal of Communication, has presented for the Association of Internet Researchers and the International Communication Association, and has contributed to the Los Angeles Review of Books and The New York Times. Ryan’s monograph on the subject, The World Made Meme: Public Conversations and Participatory Media, is available from the MIT Press. His work on memes informs his ongoing collaborations with Whitney Phillips. Their book, The Ambivalent Internet: Mischief, Oddity, and Antagonism Online, is forthcoming from Polity Press in 2017.


This research is central Ryan’s instruction on media and the public. He anchors his department’s core media studies course, which he teaches alongside classes on media history, media ethics, mass persuasion, and qualitative research methods. He infuses these courses with lively media texts and interactive feedback, bringing multiple technological tools into classroom service. This fosters a collaborative, applicable, and rigorous class experience, intertwining his instruction with the broader world of mediated participation.