Ryan graduated from Princeton University in 2016, where his research focused on the legal and administrative histories of Parisian ecclesiastical institutions. His current project at UCL explores the life and works of Bernard Gui, an infamous fourteenth-century Dominican inquisitor from Southern France. Ryan's studies attempt to understand how religious institutions navigated the delicate political landscapes of high medieval Europe. He is currently pursuing this research in London with the support of a Marshall Scholarship and Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship.
Supervisor: David D'Avray
Working title: 'New Questions about an Old Inquisitor: The Life and Works of Bernard Gui'
Expected completion date: 2019
Conference papers and presentations
- 'The Life and Works of Bernard Gui', Orme Day, University of Exeter, March 2017
- 'The "Crazy-Quilt": Contested Jurisdiction in Medieval Paris', Narrating Nation, Sovereignty and Territory, Durham University, December 2016
- '"Unlimited Acquisitions": Land Owners and Lordship in Medieval Champagne', 2016 Mellon Mays Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference, Princeton University, April 2016
- "Locus Sanctus: The Sainte-Chapelle and the Creation of a New Holy Land', 2015 Mellon Mays Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference, Bryn Mawr College, March 2015