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.