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Ryan M. Milner

Assistant 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 established an award-winning research agenda and developed a heartfelt commitment to an engaged classroom.


Ryan’s research intersects participatory media and public conversation. He investigates the social, political, and cultural implications of mass connection, and has published internationally on mediated subcultures, media audiences, and online research methods. Most substantially, he 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 UK’s The Conversation and The New York Times. His work on memes informs his fellowship at the Digital Ecologies Research Partnership and his work on antagonism, mischief, and humor online. Ryan’s meme research follows his previous pop media work on fans and producers of the videogame series Fallout.


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, mass persuasion, and qualitative research methods. He infuses these courses with lively media texts and participatory feedback, bringing multiple technological tools into classroom service. This fosters an interactive, collaborative, and applicable class experience, intertwined with a broader world of vibrant mediated public conversation.


Ph.D. University of Kansas

Research Interests

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

Courses Taught

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