Associate Professor of History; Director, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program

Department Name 

Office Location 
North Hall 105
Mailing Address 
2083 Lawrenceville Road, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648

Erica Ryan

Teaches American history including courses on modern America, cultural history, and women, gender and sexuality. Her research focuses on the intersections between ideas about gender, sexuality, and political culture in the modern United States, and on the significance of the family as a social and political construct in the American past. (Ph.D., Brown University)

Courses Taught at Rider

  • World History Survey Since 1500
  • US History Survey II
  • Women in American History
  • Modern American Political Culture
  • Gender and Sexuality in American History
  • Post-1945 American History
  • History and Historical Methods
  • Craft of History
  • Modern American Cultural History
  • Race, Gender, and Sexuality in the Age of Empire (BHP)


Dr. Ryan published Red War on the Family: Sex, Gender, and Americanism in the First Red Scare with Temple University Press in November of 2014. She has published essays in Encyclopedia of the Jazz Age: 1918-1929, and written book reviews for History: Review of New Books, Archives of Sexual Behavior, and the scholarly website Women and Social Movements in the United States. Dr. Ryan is currently working on two new projects, one that explores the fatherhood movement of the 1990s, and a book length project that marks the 1920s as the era where Americans first drew the battle lines of our contemporary culture wars. Dr. Ryan was recently interviewed by historian Christina Simmons about her book Red War on the Family. See the transcript at Notches blog.