Ryan Engley

Assistant Professor of Media Studies
With Pomona Since: 2019
  • Expertise


    Ryan Engley researches the intersection of psychoanalytic theory and media studies. His current book manuscript casts the notion of seriality as a primary social and cultural formation, claiming that the serial has a primary place in psychic life. The book explores this by looking to varied forms of serial media, from podcasts, to streaming television’s binge culture, to film serials past and present, and to social media. Along with Todd McGowan, Engley co-hosts the podcast Why Theory, which brings Continental philosophy and psychoanalytic theory together to examine contemporary phenomena.

    Research Interests

    • Psychoanalytic Theory
    • Television Studies
    • Serial Media
    • Disability Studies
    • Film Studies
    • Video Game Theory and Culture

    Areas of Expertise

    • Psychoanalytic Theory
    • Television Studies
    • Serial Media
  • Work


    Why Theory Podcast (ongoing, 2017-present)

    InForm: Interview w/Ryan Engley of Why Theory

    “To Be Continued…an Interview on Seriality,” Jess Henderson

    “Love and Surveillance: Reformulating the State Gaze in the ‘Age of 1984’.” Can Philosophy Love? Reflections and Encounters. Ed. Cindy Zeiher. London: Rowman & Littlefield International. 2017.

    “The Impossible Ethics of Serial: Sarah Koenig, Foucault, Lacan.” The Serial Podcast and Storytelling in The Digital Age. Ed. Ellen McCracken. London: Routledge, 2017.

    “The Greatest Trick the Devil Ever Played: Desire, Drive, and the Twist Ending.” Cinematic Cuts: Theorizing Film Endings. Ed. Sheila Kunkle. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2016.

    “The Nothing that Emerges: Žižek and Baudrillard as Readers of Bret Easton Ellis.” International Journal of Žižek Studies. Vol. 10.1, 2016.

  • Education


    Ph.D. The University of Rhode Island

    M.A. The University of Vermont

    B.A. Bridgewater State College