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Lecturer in Politics & International Political Sociology, Queen Mary University of London

Dr Holly Eva Ryan is a Lecturer based at the School of Politics and International Relations, Queen Mary University of London. Her research sits at the intersections of visual and international politics. It has a particular emphasis on the relationship between aesthetics, power and the political practice of non state actors - artists, social movements and NGOs - in Latin America and beyond. Dr Ryan's recently published book 'Political Street Art: Communication, Culture and Resistance in Latin America', examines the relationship between street art and social change in Bolivia, Brazil and Argentina. Beyond street art, she has written on a variety of topics including indigenous peoples’ rights, collective memory, campaign imagery, and democratic theory/practice. Dr Ryan is currently working on an ESRC New Investigator funded project exploring international friendship, solidarity and the practice of ‘twinning’ (hermanamiento). Countries of interest/expertise: Guyana, Colombia, Nicaragua, Brazil, Argentina, The Gambia.

Dr Ryan is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She has nine years of teaching experience in UK Higher Education, having previously taught and lectured at Kings College London, Aston University, Manchester Metropolitan University and City University of London, where she completed her PhD in 2013.


  • –present
    Researcher and Lecturer, City University London