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An Interview with J. Michael Ryan


From: Crisis and Contagion


In this chapter, Ian McKay interviews J. Michael Ryan about issues relating to COVID-19. J. Michael Ryan is associate professor of sociology at Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan. He served as a researcher for the TRANSRIGHTS project at the University of Lisbon and has taught courses at the American University in Cairo and in Ecuador and at the University of Maryland. He also worked as a research methodologist at the National Center for Health Statistics in Washington, DC. He has brought out more than a dozen books, including Core Concepts in Sociology in 2019 and Trans Rights in a Globalizing World in 2020. During the pandemic, Professor Ryan has not only given us COVID-19: Social Inequalities and Human Possibilities (2022, coauthored with Serena Nanda) but also a two-volume collection of general essays: COVID-19: Global Pandemic, Societal Responses, Ideological Solutions(2021) and COVID-19: Social Consequences and Cultural Adaptations (2021). The Routledge Covid-19 Pandemic Series, which Professor Ryan edits, lists nearly a dozen additional volumes, with many more doubtless to follow, making it one to watch for those of us trying to keep track of the impact of the pandemic.



Ian McKay

Ian McKay is the L.R. Wilson Chair in Canadian History at McMaster University and the author of the award-winning Reasoning Otherwise: Leftists and the People’s Enlightenment in Canada, 1890–1920 and the co-author of Warrior Nation: Rebranding Canada in the Age of Anxiety.