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.