Christopher Ryan

Christopher Ryan received a BA in Literature in 1984 and an MA and Ph.D. in psychology twenty years later. He spent the intervening decades traveling around the world, working at very odd jobs (e.g., gutting salmon in Alaska, teaching English to prostitutes in Bangkok and self-defense to land-reform activists in Mexico, managing commercial real-estate in New York’s Diamond District, helping Spanish physicians publish their research, Ebonics to English translation for a Spanish film festival...). Along the way, he decided to pursue doctoral studies in psychology, where his research focused on trying to distinguish the human from the cultural. His doctoral dissertation analyzes the prehistoric roots of human sexuality. Christopher has lectured at the University of Barcelona Medical School, consulted at various hospitals, been featured in both national and international media, from the New York Times to the Sydney Morning Herald. He’ll be giving a TED presentation on March 1st.