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Ryan M. Milner

Associate Professor

Address: 7 College, Room 102
Phone: 843.953.5787

Ryan M. Milner joined the department in 2012, after receiving his Ph.D. from the University of Kansas. During this time, he’s intertwined an active research agenda with a heartfelt commitment to the classroom.

Ryan studies the social, political, and cultural implications of mediated communication. As he's undertaken this work, he's published in outlets like The Los Angeles Review of Books and The New York Times, commenting on the vast and vibrant conversations that occur online. Most substantially, Ryan is a leading scholar on internet memes, and has spent a half-decade exploring the significance of the strands of conversation, commentary, and play we spread through our social networks. The culmination of this work is his book The World Made Meme: Public Conversations and Participatory Media, released in 2016 with the MIT Press. His research on memes informs his second book, co-authored with Mercer University's Whitney Phillips; The Ambivalent Internet: Mischief, Oddity, and Antagonism Online, is forthcoming from Polity Press in Spring 2017.

This research is central Ryan’s instruction on media and the public. He’s an anchor for his department’s core media studies course, which he teaches alongside classes on media history, media ethics, and mass persuasion. He infuses these courses with lively media, interactive technology, and old-fashioned conversation, fostering an environment of collaboration, application, and rigor in the process.


Ph.D. University of Kansas

Research Interests

  • Participatory Media
  • Public Conversation
  • Internet Memes
  • Discourse Analysis

Courses Taught

Digital Media Ethics, Media in the Digital Age, Media and the Public: A Social History, Qualitative Research Methods