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Dr Patrick Joseph Ryan

Patrick Joseph

Associate Professor, Kings University College at Western University, Canada



Patrick Ryan earned his doctorate in History at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio in 1998 and is currently the Chair of the Department of Childhood and Youth Studies at Kings University College in London, Ontario. His articles have appeared in the Journal of Social History, the Journal of Interdisciplinary History, Paedagogica Historica, Educare, The Gay and Lesbian Review, The Journal of Policy History, the History of Education Quarterly, and many other periodicals. He is author of Master-Servant Childhood: a history of the idea of childhood in medieval English culture (Palgrave, 2013). Ryan’s wide-ranging interest in the critical and historical analysis of childhood and youth are reflected in these writings, and are evident in the 19 multi-media commentaries and conversations he wrote and recorded between 2014 and 2016 called “Childhood: History & Critique” which can be found on He currently serves as online Editor and is a Past-President of the Society for the History of Children and Youth.



Childhood, Youth, Law, Policy, Foucault
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