Robyn Ryle is a writer and a professor of sociology and gender studies at Hanover College in Hanover, Indiana, where she has been teaching sociology of gender and other courses for 20 years. She went to Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi, for her undergraduate degrees in sociology and English with a concentration in women’s studies. She received her PhD in sociology from Indiana University-Bloomington and is originally from northern Kentucky.
Her book, SHE/HE/THEY/ME: FOR THE SISTERS, MISTERS AND BINARY RESISTERS, is available from Sourcebooks in March 2019. It’s a nonfiction book about gender told as a choose your own adventure. She has stories and essays in CALYX Journal, Paper Darts, Gawker, Midwestern Gothic, Big Truths, Bartleby Snopes, and Whiskeypaper, among others (check out her full list of publications here). She’s also written a sociology of gender textbook, QUESTIONING GENDER: A SOCIOLOGICAL EXPLORATION, currently in its third edition.
Her next project is a nonfiction, young adult book about the intersection of gender, race and sexuality in sports. Tentatively titled, WHEN ALL CHEERLEADERS WERE BOYS: TRUE STORIES ABOUT GENDER, RACE AND SEXUALITY FROM THE WORLD OF SPORTS, the book will be available from Rowman and Littlefield in 2020.
She enjoys digging in her garden, cooking what comes out of her garden, and generally enjoying small town life. She currently lives in a 170-year-old house in scenic Madison, Indiana, with her husband, daughter, and two rather peculiar cats. You can read her blog about writing and small town life, You Think Too Much, or find her on Twitter (@RobynRyle).