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Susan Ryan, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Office: Kendall 225ryan_200
Tel. 609-771-2256
Fax. 609-637- 5187
Office Hours: Wed/Thu 10:00 – 11:30

Dr. Ryan, Associate Professor, received her Ph.D. from New York University in Cinema Studies. Her current teaching and research interests include film and television studies, documentary production, community media, and labor conditions in the film and television industries. As a documentary producer, she spent more than seven years documenting the changing neighborhood of Chambersburg in Trenton in From The ‘Burg To The Barrio that aired on NJTV. She also completed a short documentary about a theater program for Trenton-area teens entitled This Trenton Life and is continuing work on a longer film about the transformative potential of the arts in urban areas.

Before coming to TCNJ she worked for more than a decade in film and television production as a producer and director of archival research. She worked with Academy-Award winning documentary filmmaker Barbara Kopple on the Dupont Award-winning Fallen Champ about heavyweight boxer Mike Tyson, as well as two documentaries for the Disney Channel. She was senior producer on Defending Our Daughters, an award-winning documentary on human rights abuses against women. In addition, she has consulted on productions for HBO, PBS and independent producers. Her publications have appeared in Cineaste, Working Class Perspectives, Critical Arts, and Persistence of Vision.

Dr. Ryan’s thoughts on TCNJ:

“My favorite part of the Communications Department at TCNJ would be the congenial atmosphere, the fact that people get to know each other over the course of their four years here, and the same goes for the faculty members; other departments just aren’t as close as we are.”

More information on ‘Burg to the Barrio’ can be found by clicking the link here, and more information about ‘This Trenton Life’ can be found at the link here.