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Charlotte Ryan

Charlotte Ryan
Charlotte Ryan, Ph.D.Associate Professor
  • College
    College of Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Department
  • Phone
    (978) 934-4310
  • Office
    Dugan Hall - 2nd Floor
  • Email

Research Interests

Community-based participatory research; Social movements and communication; Environmental and climate sociology; Public sociology.

Recent research projects have focused on how unions, domestic violence groups and community-based organizations integrate strategic communications into broader change strategies.


  • Ph D: Sociology, (1992), Boston College - Boston, MA
    Dissertation/Thesis Title: Prime Time Activism: Media Strategies of Grassroots Social Movements
  • Other: Bilingual Education, (1981), Boston University, School of Education - Boston, MA
    Dissertation/Thesis Title: "African-American History Curriculum for Asian Students of English as a Second Language"
  • BA: History, (1971), Harvard University - Cambridge, MA

Selected Publications

  • Ryan, C. (2019) "Beyond Prime Time Activism: Communication Activism and Social Change", Routledge first pp. 266
  • Ryan, C. (2016) "A Bridge Is Not Just a Metaphor: Building Sustainable Community-University Partnerships through Service Learning Projects", Service Sociology and Academic Engagement in Social Problems pp. 121
  • Ryan, C., Brown, K.F. (2015) "To act in concert : environmental communication from a social movement lens", Routledge pp. 114
  • Ryan, C., Jeffreys, K., Ryczek, J., Diaz, J. (2014) "Building Public Will: The Battle for Affordable—and Supportive—Housing.", Journal of Poverty 18:3 pp. 335 - 354
  • Ryan, C. (2014) "A Bridge is not Just a Metaphor: Building Sustainable Community-university Partnerships through Service Learning Projects", Ashgate

Selected Presentations

  • A Bridge Is Not A Metaphor. - Society for the Study of Social Problems Annual Meeting thematic panel on Service Sociology, August 2011 - Las Vegas, Nevada

Selected Contracts, Fellowships, Grants and Sponsored Research

  • Communities Creating Healthy Environments (2008), -
    Ryan, C. (Principal)
  • Communities Creating Healthy Environments, Praxis Project and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (Youth Obesity Initiative) (2008), -
    Ryan, C.
  • Healey Public Service Grant (2007), Grant -
    Ryan, C.
  • ASA Fund for the Advancement of the Discipline (2002), - American Sociological Association
    Ryan, C.