University at Buffalo

Ryan M. Rish

Ryan M. Rish

Assistant Professor


Specialty/Research Focus

English Education; Digital Media and Learning; Literacy; Ethnography; Multimodality, Embodiment, and Digital Literacy; Qualitative Research Methods; Research Design; Research Methods

Contact Information
505 Baldy Hall
North Campus
Phone: (716) 645-4000

Professional Summary:

My research interests involve the literacy practices of adolescents, especially in regard to how those practices relate to the institutions, social spaces, and geographic places in which they are enacted. This research includes investigations within and across classrooms, online spaces, and communities guided by concerns for learning with participants how to make learning opportunities more equitable for marginalized youth and how to engage students with critical considerations of their social worlds and local communities. Recent projects focus on supporting student inquiry with digital tools that allow for the collection and dissemination of locative data and media.

Education and Training:
  • PhD, Ohio State University, Adolescent, Post-Secondary, and Community Literacies (2011)
  • MEd, Ohio State University, English Education (2001)
  • BA, Walsh University, English & Philosophy (1997)
Awards and Honors:
  • Exceptional Graduate Educator; LAI Graduate Student Association; 2018-04-27;
  • Exceptional Doctoral Mentor; LAI Graduate Student Association; 2018-04-27;
  • Online Teaching Ambassador; Open SUNY; 2018-02-12;
  • Faculty in Residence; Graduate School of Education, University at Buffalo (SUNY); 2017-11-01;
  • Emerging Teacher Award; English Department, Kennesaw State University; 2012-01-09;
Recent Publications:
Edited Book:
  • Pyles, D., Rish, R.M., & Warner, J. (Eds.) (2019). Negotiating Place and Space through Digital Literacies. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.
Journal Article:
  • Reece, B.*, & Rish, R. (2020). A critical literacy approach to student affairs education. The Journal of Critical Scholarship on Higher Education & Student Affairs, 5(3), 79-94.
  • Goff, B., & Rish, R.M. (2020). What's brought along and brought about: Negotiating writing practices in two high school classrooms. Learning, Culture and Social Interaction, 42, 1-13.
Book Chapter:
  • Rish, R.M. (2020). Mediated discourse analysis of classroom writing events. In M. Knobel, J. Kalman, & C. Lankshear (Eds.) Data Analysis, Interpretation, and Theory in Literacy Studies Research: How To Guide (pp. 55-76). Gorham, ME: Myers Publishing.
  • Rish, R.M. (2019). Representation of media and technology in adolescent literature. In R. Hobbes, & P. Mihailidis (Eds.), The International Encyclopedia of Media Literacy (pp. 1-9). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley Publishing.
Recent Presentations:
  • McVee, M., Rish, R., & Shanahan, L. (2020, April). Multimodal analysis and social semiotics for qualitative analysis in educational research. American Educational Research Association, San Francisco, CA (online professional development course; conference canceled);
  • Ormerod, K., Schindel, A., & Rish, R. (2020, April). Seeing the places around us: Underrepresented and transnational youth co-constructing place-based science identities. American Educational Research Association, San Francisco, CA (online roundtable; conference canceled);
  • Rish, R., Hall, K., Laucella, L., & Mawer, D. (2020, March). The role of feedback in online and seated PhD programs. Genteel’s Excellence in Teaching Conference, Buffalo, NY (panel presentation; conference canceled);
  • Rish, R., Schindel, A., & Ormerod, K. (2020, February). Environmental justice placemaking of transnational youth. National Council of Teachers of English Assembly of Research, Nashville, TN (work in progress session);
  • Rish, R.M., Goss, S., Cun, A., Gloss, A., & Skotnicki, J. (2018, November). Students developing voice through inquiry and research. National Council of Teachers of English, Houston, Texas. (panel);
Recent Grants:
  • WNY Environmental Science Collaborative: Strengthening Science Pathways with Historically Underrepresented Youth; Local; Graduate School of Education, University at Buffalo (SUNY); Awarded; (04/01/2019-03/31/2020)
  • Students Producing Critical Digital Media: Leveraging Social Media to Address Social Issues; Foundation and Research Organization; National Council of Teachers of English, Conference on English Education; Awarded; (06/08/2016-08/31/2016)
  • Supporting Pre-Service English Teachers in the Teaching of Grammar; Foundation and Research Organization; Center for the Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL), Kennesaw State University; Awarded; (02/06/2012-05/31/2012)
  • Dissertation Support Grant; Foundation and Research Organization; Phi Kappa Phi; Awarded; (02/02/2009-05/31/2011)
  • Community Literacies and Civic Engagement Associated with an Online Newspaper; Foundation and Research Organization; Center for the Study and Teaching of Writing, Ohio State University; Awarded; (06/30/2008-06/30/2008)
Recent Activities:
Editorial and Review:
  • Editorial Board Member, Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy
Professional Service:
  • Chair, Early Career Award Committee: Media, Culture, and Learning SIG, AERA
  • Chair, Nominating Committee, English Language Arts Teacher Educators (formerly CEE)
  • Treasurer, National Council of Teachers of English Assembly of Research (NCTEAR)
  • Co-Chair, Conference on English Education (CEE) Commission on New Literacies, Technologies, and Teacher Education

Contact Information

505 Baldy Hall
North Campus
Phone: (716) 645-4000