University at Buffalo

Ryan M. Rish

Ryan M. Rish

Associate Professor


Specialty/Research Focus

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

Contact Information
568 Baldy Hall
North Campus
Phone: 716-645-4042

Professional Summary:

My research interests involve the literacy practices of adolescents and adults, 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:
  • Clark, C.T., Skrlac Lo, R., Boyd, A., Cook, M., Crawley, A., & Rish, R.M. (2022). New conceptual tools for be(com)ing antiracist literacy (teacher) educators at PWIs. English Teaching: Practice & Critique. (early online access)
  • 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.
Recent Presentations:
Invited Lectures:
  • Rish, R.M. (2022, November). Moral Panics and Agentive Youth on Social Media. Academy for Human Rights and Capital Region Institute for Human Rights.;
  • Boyd, A., Clark, C., Cook, M., Crawley, A., Rish, R.M., & Skrlac Lo, R. (2022, November). Be(com)ing antiracist teacher educators in predominantly white institutions (PWIs): A collaborative, hermeneutic inquiry. National Council of Teachers of English. Anaheim, CA. (panel presentation);
  • Rish, R.M. (2022, November). Environmental placemaking with locative media. ELATE Commission for Digital Literacies and Teacher Education Roundtables. National Council of Teachers of English, Anaheim, CA. (roundtable presentation);
  • Boyd, A., Clark, C., Cook, M., Crawley, A., Rish, R.M., & Skrlac Lo, R. (2022, April). The paradox of becoming white antiracist educators in PWIs. American Educational Research Association, San Diego, CA.;
  • Honwad, S. Gopal, S.D.*, White, A.*, & Rish, R. (2022, June). Creating comics about COVID-19 to understand the intersections between science, community, and equity. International Society of the Learning Sciences Annual Meeting, Hiroshima, Japan. (poster presentation);
Recent Grants:
  • Becoming Antiracist Educators in Partisan Pandemic Times; Foundation and Research Organization; Michael V. Drake Institute for Teaching and Learning, The Ohio State University; Awarded; (08/01/2021-08/01/2023)
  • Citizen Science Teachers: University at Buffalo (UB) Noyce Residency Scholars; Federal; National Science Foundation Noyce Program; Awarded; (07/21/2021-06/30/2026)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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, Research in the Teaching of English
  • Editorial Board Member, Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy
Professional Service:
  • Media Literacy Award Selection Committee, NCTE
  • Chair, Early Career Award Committee: Media, Culture, and Learning SIG, AERA
  • Chair, Nominating Committee, English Language Arts Teacher Educators (formerly CEE)

Contact Information

568 Baldy Hall
North Campus
Phone: 716-645-4042