Shannon Ryall

MA/PhD Student
Primary office:
2014 Wescoe


A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Shannon came to Kansas in 2016 to begin the MA/PhD program in American Studies at the University of Kansas. Shannon received her Bachelor’s Degrees in Psychology and American Multicultural Studies, with Distinction, with a minor in Film Studies, from Sonoma State University in 2016. Her research interests include the myth of the American Dream, Americana, Film and Visual Media and American Popular Culture as they have functioned in the second half of the 20th century. Her focus is specifically centered on the way that baseball films offer access to the American Dream through white, cis/het symbols and practices of masculinity. Shannon also explores notions of whiteness and gender across film genres and through other visual means, including print advertisements immediately following WWI, in addition to the function of memory and nostalgia in film and media. 


When she is not busy reading about baseball, you can find Shannon cheering on her San Francisco Giants and eagerly keeping tabs on which designer suit Harry Styles is wearing that day. She also frequently complains about the Midwest weather and has no plans to stop anytime soon.


B.A. in Psychology

B.A. in American Multicultural Studies (AMCS)

Minor in Film Studies

Sonoma State University, 2016

  • Please join us for Dr. Paul Ortiz's lecture An African American and Latinx History of the United States on September 19th at 7:00PM in the Hall Center Conference Room. For more information, click here.
  • Dr. Gamze Kati Gumus defended her dissertation with honors on May 10, 2018. Congratulations, Dr. Kati Gumus!
  • KU-AUMI InterArts was recently featured by the Commons in a video on improving inclusive communities at KU. You can watch the video, which features our own Sherrie Tucker amongst other founders of the movement at KU, and learn more about AUMI here!
  • Congratulations to Professor Robert Warrior on being elected to a member of the prestigious American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
  • This articlewritten by Ph.D. candidate Hannah Bailey, was published in the latest edition of Soundings: An Interdisciplinary Journal. Congratulations, Hannah!
  • We would like to recognize Patrick Sumner, 2005 alumni, for his work in this article about the defacement of the John Brown memorial in the Quindaro area of Kansas City, Kansas.
  • Congratulations to Dr. Jonathan Burrow-Branine for successfully defending his dissertation with honors January 25, 2018.
  • Please read this article about Professor Robert Warrior titled: Native scholar uncomfortably at home in American studies field.
  • Congratulations to Daniel Carey-Whalen, an alumni that was recently promoted as UTEP's Centennial Museum director.
  • Congratulations to Josh Parshall, an alumni who was recently featured in this article.
  • How a motion-tracking musical software is breaking down barriers for people with disabilities: click here to read more about the Adaptive Use Musical Instrument (AUMI), a one-of-a-kind piece of inclusive technology that promotes musical improvisation. The article recognizes Professor Sherrie Tucker, who started AUMI jam sessions and helped to bring the grant and symposium for it to Lawrence. Written by Omar Sanchez
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