About MacKenzie Ryan, Ph.D.

MacKenzie Ryan, Ph.DMacKenzie Moon Ryan is an Assistant Professor of Art History, and has been at Rollins since 2013. She received her Ph.D. in 2013 and her M.A. in 2008 in Art History from the University of Florida in Gainesville. She received her B.A. magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa in Art History and History from Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota, in 2006.

Dr. Ryan’s teaching areas are African art and non-Western art, with a particular interest in textiles, fashion, trade, colonialism, contemporary art, and cross-cultural exchange.

Her recent scholarship includes The Emergence of the Kanga: A Distinctly East African Textile in ed. Susan Cooksey, Africa Interweave: Textile Diasporas (Gainesville, FL: Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art, 2011).

Dr. Ryan’s current research focuses on the industrially woven and printed textile genre, kanga, popular throughout East Africa as wrap garments worn by women. Her research interests include global networks of trade, especially those related to East Africa and the Indian Ocean world in the 19th and 20th centuries; African visual culture, dress, textiles, and fashion; and consumption of commodities and their use to create conceptions of self.