Ryan is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Texas at Austin. His thesis analyzes constructions of race and masculinity in the transnational frontier of the Pampas at the border of Brazil, Uruguay and Argentina.  He holds an MA in Hispanic Studies from Villanova University and a BA in Latin American History from the University of Pittsburgh. Ryan has taught Latin American Languages and Culture at the post-secondary level since 2014. He enjoys igniting students’ interests in Brazil, and incorporating his doctoral research in the language classroom.

Ryan has worked with The Language Exchange since the summer of 2022. During that time, he has taught Portuguese to faculty in the South Portland School District engaging with Angolan refugee students and families.