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Dr. James G. Ryan

Professor of History, Fulbright Senior Specialist (2006)
office:     CLB 123A
phone:   409-740-4494
email:     ryanj@tamug.edu
James G. Ryan received B.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of Delaware, and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame. He survived for many years as an adjunct in Philadelphia. He is now a tenured Professor at Texas A&M University at Galveston.

His books include Earl Browder: The Failure of American Communism (Tuscaloosa and London: University of Alabama Press, 1997; 2nd edition, 2005),  The Historical Dictionary of the Gilded Age (co-edited with Leonard Schlup, Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe, Inc., 2003) and The Historical Dictionary of the 1940s (co-edited with Leonard Schlup, Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe, Inc., 2006).

Ryan is a member of the National Writers Union (UAW Local 1981, AFL- CIO), and sat on the executive committee of the Texas Faculty Association from 1997 to 2003. He is part of the ongoing struggle to legalize public-sector collective bargaining in Texas.

Ryan was a Fulbright Senior Specialist at Akademia Swietokrzyska in Kielce, Poland, in 2006.
He is currently working on a monograph on Soviet espionage in North America.
Education History
B.A.   University of Delaware,  1970
M.A.  University of Delaware,  1973
M.A.  University of Notre Dame,  1975
Ph.D.  University of Notre Dame,  1981
Areas of Interest/Hobbies
  • radical and reform movements
  • American national security
  • weight training
  • interval training
  • travel
Recent Courses
U.S. history to 1877
U.S. history 1877 - present
Great Depression and WW2
U.S. history 1945 - present
Memberships in Professional Organizations
American Historical Association,
Organization of American Historians,
Historians of American Communism,
Texas Faculty Association,
National Education Association,
National Writers Union

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