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About Kent C. Ryden

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.


Present Professor of American and New England Studies, University of Southern Maine


Honors and Awards

  • Ralph henry Gabriel Dissertation Prize, American Studies Association, 1991
  • Phi Beta Kappa, Brown University, 1991

Contact Information

Office: 98 Bedford Street, Portland
Phone: 207-780-4941


Articles (7)

Books (3)

Contributions to Books (17)