Education

Ph.D., Cornell University, 2016

M.A., Cornell University, 2013

B.A., University of California, Berkeley, 2009

Research

Ryan C. Edwards is a scholar of modern Latin America. His work engages historical geography, political ecology, and science and technology studies. Through interdisciplinary methods and multiple historiographies, he examines nature-society relations, especially those that emerge through the confluence of science, cultural practices, and national and state-formation. Edwards' current project explores the relationship between prison and place in Patagonia during the early twentieth-century. The study compares the writings, practices, and experiences of penologists, foresters, inmates, and community members in Ushuaia, to recuperate a carceral ecology that transcended prison walls and positivist theories of incarceration and rehabilitation. His research is also interested in Antarctica and polar Latin American identities in Argentina and Chile.

In addition to studying prisons, Edwards has worked with incarcerated students and organizations centered on higher education in prisons.

Courses

World History from 1400-Present

Latin America: Environment and Extraction

Awards

Social Science Research Council IDRF

Fulbright IIE (Argentina)

Publication Highlights

“Placing Patagonia: Present, Future, Past,” Latin American Studies Program Blog, Cornell University (July 2016)

“From the Depths of Patagonia: The Ushuaia Penal Colony and the Nature of ‘The End of the World’,” Hispanic American Historical Review 94, no. 2 (May 2014)

“CSI Buenos Aires: The Crime on Prudan Street” The Appendix 2, no. 2 (April 2014)

Conference & Presentation Highlights

“The Sun Denies Its Own Heat,” Ecology, Decay, and the Prisoner Experience in Ushuaia, Argentina,” Latin American Studies Association Conference, New York, May 2016

“The Open-Door Panopticon: Exploring Prison and Place in Southern Patagonia, 1902-1947,” The Carceral Archipelago Conference, University of Leicester, September 2015

“¡Incendio! Presos leñadores y las relaciones ecológicos de la cárcel de Ushuaia,” Historia y cuestión criminal en América Latina, Universidad Nacional del Litoral, December 2014

“An Ecology of Exile: The Ushuaia Penal Colony and Rethinking the Nature of the ‘End of the World,’” Conference on Latin American History and American Historical Association, New Orleans, January 2013

Affiliations

American Historical Association (AHA)

Latin American Studies Association (LASA)

Conference on Latin American History (CLAH)

Association of American Geographers (AAG)