Ryan Milner, PH.D.

Associate Professor, Department Chair


Ph.D. in Communication, University of Kansas.

B.A. in Communication, University of Missouri-Kansas City. 

Research interests

Ryan studies internet culture, which means he studies everything from funny GIFs to groupchat debates to large scale propaganda campaigns. Across this work, he examines how online interaction matters socially, politically, and culturally. 

Courses taught

  • Media in the Digital Age
  • Digital Media Ethics
  • Audio Investigations

Selected publications

  • Share Better and Stress Less: A Guide to Thinking Ecologically about Social Media. MITeen.
  • You Are Here: A Field Guide for Navigating Polarized Speech, Conspiracy Theories, and Our Polluted Media Landscape. The MIT Press. 
  • The Ambivalent Internet: Mischief, Oddity, and Antagonism Online. Polity.
  • The World Made Meme: Public Conversations and Participatory Media. The MIT Press.