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Ph.D. Student, Sociology, University of British Columbia

Ryan is a third-year PhD student in the Department of Sociology at the University of British Columbia. His work focuses on sexualities and health, specifically queer place-making in Vancouver—queer pop-up social events—and gay men's health.

Prior to joining UBC, Ryan worked at NORC at the University of Chicago on two community-based HIV prevention studies among black gay men and transwomen on the Southside of Chicago and helped develop a national HIV surveillance survey for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) with the Fenway Institute.

Additionally, Ryan volunteered on a sex-positive public health PrEP marketing campaign advertised across Chicago, #PrEP4Love. Ryan holds a master’s degree in the social sciences from the University of Chicago, where his research focused on PrEP sense-making among gay men and healthcare providers.


  • –present
    Ph.D. Student, Sociology , University of British Columbia


  • 2015 
    University of Chicago, M.A./Social Sciences