Shannon Ryall

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213 Bailey Hall
1440 Jayhawk Blvd.
Lawrence, KS 66045-7594


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's not complaining about the weather in the Midwest, you can find Shannon supporting the San Francisco Giants and telling you trivia about the Beatles that you probably didn't want to know.