Ryan Wishart, MA, PhD

Ryan Wishart, MA, PhD

Ryan Wishart, MA, PhD

Assistant Professor
Program Director, Sociology Program
College of Arts and Sciences


  • Environmental Sociology
  • Political Economy/Ecology

Academic Appointments


  • Cultural and Social Studies


  • Assistant Professor

Teaching Activity

  • Environmental Science Program
  • Sociology Program
  • Sustainability Studies Program


Ryan Wishart grew up in east Tennessee and earned interdisciplinary bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Tennessee. Dr. Wishart joined Creighton’s department of Cultural and Social Studies in 2014 after completing his Ph.D. at the University of Oregon. He is also a faculty member in the Environmental Science and Sustainability Studies programs.  In addition to teaching introductory courses on sociology and social problems, he teaches courses on social and cultural theory, environmental sociology, and political sociology. His research has focused on the social and ecological problems associated with coal extraction in the rural Appalachian region, social movements, and elite political organization and mobilization.

Publications and Presentations


  • , 48, 151-165
  • , 71, 37-55
  • , 25(4), 467-482

Editing and Reviews

  • , 39(3)
  • , 62(8), 53-61


Research and Scholarship

Research and Scholarship Interests

  • extractive economies, ecology, and development
    social networks and environmental politics

Current Research Projects

  • Ryan Wishart. “Underdeveloping Appalachia”

Awards and Honors

  • Graduate School Research Award for Publication, University of Oregon, 2013
  • Wayne Morse Center For Law and Politics Dissertation Fellow, University of Oregon, 2012