Ryan graduated from Loyola University Chicago in January of 2001 with a B.A. in history and philosophy, cum laude. In 2011, he received his M.A. in history from Central Washington University. His M.A. thesis was entitled “Impetuous Desire: Kettle Falls 1825-1860.” The thesis examined the interplay between Jesuit missionaries, the Hudson’s Bay Company employees and the local Kettle Falls Tribe. Ryan’s dissertation topic will focus on the U.S. Indian Scouts from 1866-1942. By taking what has often been relegated to the dusty corners of Old West history, Ryan hopes to use it as bring it into the light as a story about empire, indigenous warrior ethos, guerilla warfare and remembrance of their Medal of Honor winning actions.