Dr Vanessa Ryan

Dr Vanessa Ryan

Vanessa Ryan is Associate Dean of the Graduate School at Brown University, specializing in 19-century British literature and culture. Her research centers on debates over the status of literature and humanistic inquiry in relation to other forms of knowledge. Ryan’s book Thinking without Thinking in the Victorian Novel (2012; corrected version in preparation) examines the pivotal role played by fiction in mid-nineteenth-century debates about the new sciences of the mind. Before coming to Brown in 2007, Ryan was a Junior Fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows. For Spring 2009, she was Research Forum Mellon Foundation Visiting Professor at The Courtauld Institute of Art, London.