Faculty and Staff
Melissa Ryan
Professor English
Alfred University Contact Info
Office Location: Seidlin Hall Annex 210
Department: English  
Phone: 607.871.2166  
Melissa Ryan
B.A.: Literary Studies
Middlebury College, 1993

University of Arizona, 2000

University of Arizona, 2004

Teaching Interests
Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century American Literature
American Women Writers
Native American Literature
The Novel
Willa Cather

Selected Publications

“At Home in America: John Fante and the Imaginative American Self.” Studies in American Fiction 32.2 (Autumn 2004): 185-214.

“The Enclosure of America: Civilization and Confinement in Willa Cather's O Pioneers!” American Literature 75.2 (June 2003): 275-303.

“Civil Bodies: Legal Language and the Ritual of Sacrifice.” Studies in Law, Politics, and Society 19 (1999): 67-98.

Honors and Awards
Kruson Award for Excellence in Teaching, Alfred University, 2005
Florence Hemley Schneider Dissertation Prize, University of Arizona, 2004
Phi Beta Kappa