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Debora Ryan

Debora Ryan

Part -Time Instructor of Art History
Art & Music Histories

307 Bowne Hall

    Biographical Information

    Debora Ryan has worked in art museums for more than twenty years, most recently as Senior Curator of the Everson Museum of Art (2000-2013) in Syracuse, New York. She has been teaching Museum Studies courses at Syracuse University and Wells College since 2013.

    Ryan earned an M.A. in Art History and a Ph.D. in Cultural Foundations of Education from Syracuse University (2017). Her dissertation, “A French Fort in the Salt City: Re-visioning Sainte Marie among the Iroquois,” examines the role museums play in constructing knowledge and public memory through a historical analysis of Sainte Marie among the Iroquois Living History Museum, a twentieth-century replica of a seventeenth-century Jesuit mission in Onondaga Territory. Ryan’s research focuses on museum history, theory, and practice, and the complexities of cross-cultural collaborations within the museum environment.