Ryan Kendall

Biography

Ryan Kendall is a PhD candidate in the Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Ryan came to Emory University after receiving her BA in English with a concentration in Rhetoric and Composition from the University of North Texas. Her scholarly interests range across feminist theory, queer theory, psychoanalytic studies, critical race studies, literary theory, and rhetorical studies. Ryan’s dissertation work seeks to reconcile queer theoretical inquiries that privilege non-reproductive sexuality with feminist political investments in reproduction as a central—though not unproblematic—constituent of sexuality. Her work meditates on the possibility for a queer theory of sexual reproduction that might assist in building coalitional thought between queer and feminist politics. In addition to dissertating, Ryan currently serves as an editorial assistant to the academic journal James Baldwin Review.