Holly Ryan, Ph.D.


Manchester Metropolitan University

Country: United Kingdom (England)

About Me:

Dr Holly Eva Ryan is a Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations at Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU). Her research sits at the intersections of visual and international politics. It has a particular emphasis on the relationship between art, power and resistance in Latin America and beyond. Dr Ryan's recently published book 'Political Street Art: Communication, Culture and Resistance in Latin America', examines the relationship between street art forms - graffiti, muralism, wheatpastes and street improv - and politics in Bolivia, Brazil and Argentina. Before joining MMU, Dr Ryan led a research strand exploring 'Politics, Art and Expression' at the Crick Centre for the Public Understanding of Politics, University of Sheffield. In this role she was responsible for organising and delivering a number of prominent research and engagement activities including a global photography competition in partnership with the World Photography Organisation and an accompanying exhibition at UK Parliament. From 2015 to 2017 she was been one of five co-convenors of the Political Studies Association's Art and Politics Specialist Group. Dr Ryan is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She has eight years of teaching experience in UK Higher Education, having previously taught and lectured at Kings College London, Aston University and The City University of London, where she completed her PhD in 2013. 

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Research Interests

Latin American And Caribbean Politics


Political Communication


Visual Politics

Social Movements

Civil Society Organisations

Latin American Politics

Aesthetics & Politics