Ryan Tanner-Read

ABD History

Email: rbtannerread@email.wm.edu


Ryan received his BA in History and Literature from American University in Washington, DC where he graduated Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa in the Spring of 2010.  His undergraduate thesis in History focused on the work of members of the American Philosophical Society in researching Native Americans in the late eighteenth and early nineteeth centuries, specifically on the question of "history" and "preservation" vis-a-vis Native American subjects investigated by White scientists.  His undergraduate thesis in Literature considered the case of the synthesis of Mendelian genetics with Darwinian evolution in the early twentieth century through a "paradigmatic" theoretical/historical framework influenced by the work of Giorgio Agamben and Michel Foucault. He is currently working at the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture as an editorial apprentice.  He is also currently working on an MA thesis which focuses on the work of Benjamin Smith Barton (one of the most prominent scientists in the early republic) and his work on Native Americans by investigating and reconstructing Barton's education and research methods to illuminate his published works and statements on the question of Native Americans and Native American history.  His primary research interests are related to the history of science in the late colonial and early republican periods.  He is particularly interested in the construction of race through scientific inquiry in this period.  However, he is also more widely interested in the history of science in general and the history of American racial thought in general.