Ryan Alan Sporer is a Ph.D. candidate in sociology at University of Illinois at Chicago. His focuses include: Social Movements, Political Sociology, Immigration, Environmental Sociology, and Sociology of Science and Technology.
Ryan Alan Sporer is a PhD candidate in the Department of Sociology at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Ryan teaches undergraduate courses in sociology at several universities and colleges in the greater Chicago area. He implements a critical pedagogy, which draws off of Paulo Freire and bell hooks teachings. Focusing on patience, anti-elitism, and purposefulness, in practice he refines themes further. Genuine patience requires mutual respect, anti-elitism requires a sense of equality, and purposefulness requires an action-oriented outlook. It is through these practices that he cultivate an empathetic curiosity. Regardless of the substantive material for a course students come away with a greater sense of respect for both the “Other” and others, a mindfulness of difference undergirded by a solid foundation of equality, and a palpable understanding of the connection between knowing and doing.
Ryan received his MA in Sociology from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a BA in Sociology from Purdue. He has studied several social movements including the worker take over of factories in Argentina in 2001/2002 and anti-immigrant groups in the US.