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Michael Ryan, Ph.D.

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Michael Ryan, a professor of communication at the University of Houston, has taught media writing, research methods, communication theory, public relations, editing, feature writing and precision journalism at the University of Houston, West Virginia University and Temple University. Ryan has co-authored two books and published more than 100 scholarly and professional articles. His work has appeared in Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, Journalism & Mass Communication Monographs, Journal of Mass Media Ethics, Public Relations Review, Public Relations Quarterly, Journalism & Mass Communication Educator, Feedback, International Communication Gazette and the Journal of Communication, among others. He has written two book chapters about religion and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. He worked as a news reporter for the San Angelo (Texas) Standard-Times and for the Long News Service, an Austin news service that served Texas newspapers and radio stations. He has won two School Bell awards from the Texas State Teachers Association for op-ed pieces in the Houston Chronicle.


  • Master of Arts, Television and Film Production, University of Texas, Austin TX
  • Bachelor of Science, Education. Southwest Texas State University, (Texas State University), San Marcos, TX
  • Theatre; Major. Speech; Minor, San Antonio College, San Antonio, TX

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Selected Publications

  • Michael Ryan, “Houston Journalism, “ in Christopher H. Sterling, ed., Encyclopedia of Journalism, Vol. 1 (pp. 725-728) (Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage), 2009
  • Michael Ryan and Les Switzer, God in the Corridors of Power: Christian Conservatives, the Media, and Politics in America (Santa Barbara, Calif., Praeger/ABC-CLIO), 2009
  • Michael Ryan and Les Switzer, “Propaganda and the Subversion of Objectivity: Media Coverage of the War on Terrorism in Iraq,” Critical Studies on Terrorism, 2:45-64 (2009)
  • Michael Ryan, “Research Ethics,” in David Sloan and Shuhua Zhou, eds., Research Methods in Communication (pp. 39-54) (Northport, AL: Vision Press, 2009)
  • Michael Ryan, “Science Literacy and Risk Analysis: Relationship to the Postmodernist Critique, Conservative Christian Activists, and Professional Obfuscators,” in Robert L. Heath and H. Dan O‟Hair, eds., Handbook of Risk and Crisis Communication (pp. 247-267) (New York: Routledge, 2009)

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Professional Activities

  • OP-ED COLUMNS: Michael Ryan, “Cheap patches won‟t fix the holes in Texas schools: More money in the right pockets is still the answer,” Houston Chronicle, December 26, 2007, p. 7-B.
  • Michael Ryan, “Trash talk: These are lying times in America,” Houston Chronicle, February 5, 2006, pp. 1-E, 5-E.
  • Michael Ryan, “Journalists didn‟t bother vetting Iraq war rationale,” Houston Chronicle, August 29, 2005, p. 7-B.
  • Michael Ryan, “Why Johny cant write, its a generasional thing,” Houston Chronicle, May 6, 2004, p. 39-A.
  • Michael Ryan, “Daydream believers are at it again in Texas,” Houston Chronicle, November 12, 2003, p. 33-A


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