College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

Kent C. Ryden

Professor Emeritus of American and New England Studies


98 Bedford Street, Portland

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Phone: 207-780-4920

Kent Ryden is Professor Emeritus 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.

Research Interests

Check out Kent's publications on USM's Digital Commons: Digital Commons - Kent Ryden

Professor Ed Collom Awarded 2015-2016 Trustee Professorship

Dr. Ed Collom, Professor of Sociology, is the recipient of the 2015-2016 Trustee Professorship.  The award was established by the University of Maine System Board of Trustees to reward excellence and support a research project by releasing the holder from a portion of their teaching duties.

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