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Assistant Professor of History (2004)
Office: Comenius Hall, Room 301
United States History, especially twentieth century social and urban; Labor and Industrial Relations; Irish History; Oral History Methodologies.
Fran Ryan, Assistant Professor, earned a B.A. from LaSalle University, an M.A. from Villanova University, and his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. His interests include Modern United States history, particularly social, urban and political history. Teaching survey and advanced courses in all areas of United States history. Primary research interests include U.S. labor history, with emphasis on public workers, as well as transformations in political cultures, gender, race and the history of everyday life. Other scholarly interests include women’s history, oral history methodologies, and Irish culture. Dr. Ryan's dissertation chronicles the rise of Philadelphia’s Municipal Workers Union, AFSCME District Council 33 in the twentieth century.