Kent Ryden is Director and Professor of American and New England Studies. (Ph.D.,
Brown University) 

Kent Ryden joined the ANES faculty in 1994. He majored in English and history at Carroll
College in Wisconsin, has a master's degree in English from the University of
Connecticut, and earned his Ph.D. in American Civilization from Brown University. He
received the American Studies Association's Ralph Henry Gabriel Prize for his
dissertation, a revised version of which became his first book, Mapping the Invisible
Landscape: Folklore, Writing, and the Sense of Place. He is also the author of Landscape
with Figures: Nature and Culture in New England. He writes and teaches in a variety of
areas, including environmental humanities, regional literature, cultural geography,
folklore, and print culture. 



"How Could a Weed Be a Book?": Books, Ethics, Power, and a Sand County Almanac., ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature & Environment (2008)

The article comments on Aldo Leopold's 1949 book "A Sand County Almanac." Since is publication...



Why Your World Looks the Way It Does and Why It Matters: Cultural Landscape as Visual Culture, Visual Arts Research (2006)

Part of a special issue on how a critical interdisciplinary investigation of visual culture could...



Big Trees, Back Yards, and the Borders of Nature, Michigan Quarterly Review (2001)

Part of a special issue on rethinking the significance of place. The writer reflects on...



Sum of the Parts: The Mathematics and Politics of Region, Place & Writing, Faculty & Staff Books (2011)

Proponents of the new regional history understand that regional identities are constructed and contested, multifarious...


Landscape With Figures: Nature & Culture New England (American Land & Life) (with Wayne Franklin), Faculty & Staff Books (2001)

Kent Ryden does not deny that the natural landscape of New England is shaped by...


Mapping the Invisible Landscape: Folklore, Writing, and the Sense of Place, Faculty & Staff Books (1993)

This book is about the mystery, dimension and depth of any place people live, listen,and...


Contributions to Books

The Handselled Globe: Natural Systems, Cultural Process, and the Formation of the New England Landscape, A Landscape History of New England (2012)

A Landscape History of New England takes a view of New England’s landscapes that goes...


The Nature of Region: Russell Banks, New England, and New York, The Bioregional Imagination: Literature, Ecology, and Place (2012)

Bioregionalism is an innovative way of thinking about place and planet from an ecological perspective....


“Beneath the Surface: Natural Landscapes, Cultural Meanings, and Teaching about Place, Teaching about Place: Learning from the Land (2008)

The Corpse in the Stone Wall: Annie Proulx's Ironic New England, The Geographical Imagination of Annie Proulx (2008)

The Environment's Place in the Maine Imagination, Maine’s Place in the Environmental Imagination (2008)

This collection of essays grew out of the ... ASLE symposium that was held at...


Book Reviews

The View from Vermont: Tourism and the Making of an American Rural Landscape. (2008)

The article reviews the book "The View From Vermont: Tourism and the Making of an...


Two Vermonts: Geography and Identity, 1865-1910 (2007)

The article reviews the book "Two Vermonts: Geography and Identity, 1865-1910," by Paul M. Searls.


Thoreau's Landscape Within: How he came to know nature, and through it came to know himself (2005)

Reviews the book "Natural Life: Thoreau's Worldly Transcendentalism," by David M. Robinson.