Ph.D. Public History/Digital History (ABD) Dissertation: What is the Gold Star Standard for the Professional Assessment of Encyclopedias?
M.S., Journalism & Mass Communication (2007) Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University (Athens, OH) Thesis: Knights of the Pen and Pistol: Connecting Nineteenth-century American Journalism to the Ritual of the Duel B.A., English (1997) University of Cincinnati (Cincinnati, OH)
External Grants, Fellowships & Prizes:
Ralph M. Besse Fellowship in History, Case Western Reserve University (2014-19) ● For editing and maintaining the Encyclopedia of Cleveland History
Partner Fellowship, Social Venture Partners Cleveland (2018-19) ● To work with Philanthropic Investment Team to guide the SVP Cleveland Partnership
Baker-Nord Center for Humanities Grant, Case Western Reserve University (2016) ● For social media research in the digital humanities
History Associates Fellowship Recipient, Case Western Reserve University (2011) ● For project researching nineteenth-century popular fiction by analyzing subscription receipts of the Boston Olive Branch
● Chamberlain, Ryan, Pistols, Politics and the Press: Dueling in 19th Century American Journalism, Jefferson, N.C.; McFarland & Co. Publishers, 2008. Uses the legacy of honor rituals to connect the violence associated with the origins of American journalism to the increasing hostile and partisan environment of journalism in the digital age
● Digital Editor/Social Media Manager: Encyclopedia of Cleveland History (https://case.edu/ech/) (Nearly a million hits a month) (2014-present)
● Digital Editor for the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) website (www.sabr.org) (2002-2007)
Curriculum Development (Social Studies)
● “Pentagon Papers: The Facts of the Case” in The Post-Curriculum Guide (Placitas, NM: Journeys in Film; 2018) to accompany the feature film The Post (20th Century Fox)
● “Sputnik and the Origins of the Space Race” in Hidden Figures-Curriculum Guide (Placitas, NM: Journeys in Film; 2017) to accompany the feature film Hidden Figures (20th Century Fox)
● “History of Mars Exploration” in MARS-Curriculum Guide (Placitas, NM: Journeys in Film; 2016) to accompany National Geographic Channel series MARS
● “The Ongoing Syrian Conflict and Humanitarian Crisis” in The Music of Strangers-Curriculum Guide (Placitas, NM: Journeys in Film; 2016) to accompany the documentary film The Music of Strangers featuring Yo-Yo Ma.
● “Introduction to Hinduism” in The Story of God with Morgan Freeman-Curriculum Guide (Placitas, NM: Journeys in Film; 2015) to accompany National Geographic Channel series The Story of God with Morgan Freeman
● “Introduction to Pakistan” and “Violence Against Women” in He Named Me Malala-Curriculum Guide (Placitas, NM: Journeys in Film; 2015) to accompany documentary film He Named Me Malala
● “Somalia: A Case Study” and “Bosnia: A Case Study” in Dying to Tell the Story-Curriculum Guide (Placitas, NM: Journeys in Film; 2014) to accompany documentary film Dying to Tell the Story
● From the Space Race to the Seeds of Social Change: The 1950s (Westlake, OH: Center for Learning; 2012). 10 History Lesson Plans/27 Handouts for Grade Level: 9 – 12
Periodicals and Articles
● Managing editor of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) membership newsletter, SABR Bulletin, with a total print circulation of over 7,000. (2002-2007)
● “Haibun for Fenway,” in Bill Nowlin and Cecilia Tan, eds., The Fenway Project (Cambridge, MA.: Rounder Books, 2004): 103-104. An historical record of a June 28, 2002, baseball game through the viewpoint of sixty-four historians/experts.
Ryan Chamberlain, a doctoral candidate and current Besse Fellow, is the Digital Editor and Social Media Manager for the Encyclopedia of Cleveland History (http://ech.case.edu). He is also an education consultant for the nonprofit organization Journeys in Film, where he develops curriculum guides to accompany feature films selected to enhance global cross-cultural awareness for high school students.
He received his B.A. from the University of Cincinnati, and his M.S. from the Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University. His graduate thesis formed the basis of his first book, Pistols, Politics and the Press, published by McFarland & Co.