Dr James Ryan
Associate Professor of Historical and Cultural Geography


James graduated from the University of Exeter in 1989 with a degree in Geography. He completed his PhD in the Departments of Geography and History at Royal Holloway, University of London in 1994. Subsequently he has taught and researched in geography departments at the University of Oxford (1994-1999), Queen’s University Belfast (1999-2004) and the University of Leicester (2004-2007) before joining the University of Exeter in Cornwall as associate professor in 2007. He has received research funding from a range of organizations including the British Academy, the Leverhulme Trust and the Royal Geographical Society. He has given invited presentations on his research to several international research institutions including Harvard University Art Museums and the Yale Center for British Art. He served as associate editor for Geography for the Dictionary of Nineteenth Century British Scientists (ed. Bernard Lightman, Thoemmes Press: Bristol, 2004) and on the editorial board of the Journal of Victorian Culture (1999-2007).

Broad research specialisms:

James is a historical and cultural geographer. His research interests lie in three main areas: Geographies of colonialism and post-colonialism; photography, visual culture and geography; and the history of geographical knowledge and science.


BA (Exeter), 
PhD (London)

Contact details

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AddressPeter Lanyon Building
University of Exeter
Penryn Campus
Treliever Road
TR10 9FE

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