Ryan M. Milner

Associate Professor | Associate Chair

Address: 9 College, Room 108
Phone: 843.953.5787
E-mail: milnerrm@cofc.edu

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

He studies internet culture, which means he studies everything from funny GIFs to Twitter debates to large scale propaganda campaigns. Throughout this work, he assesses how online interaction matters socially, politically, and culturally. He’s the author of The World Made Meme: Public Conversations and Participatory Media and the co-author of The Ambivalent Internet: Mischief, Oddity, and Antagonism Online. Ryan has also contributed commentary to outlets like TIMESlateThe Los Angeles Review of Books, NBC News, and The New York Times.

This research is central to Ryan’s teaching on mediated communication. He’s an anchor for the department’s introductory media studies course, which he teaches alongside upper-level classes on media ethics, media production, and scholarly research. He infuses these courses with hands-on examples, engaging technology, and old-fashioned conversation, emphasizing collaboration, application, and rigor as he does.

Dr. Milner was appointed as the Associate Chair for the department in 2020.


Ph.D. University of Kansas

Research Interests

  • Online Interaction
  • Internet Culture
  • Visual Communication
  • Communication Ethics