Ryan Shapiro's dissertation work explores the history of convergent disputes over animal protection and national security. Employing archival and Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) research, Ryan's dissertation in progress, Bodies at War: Animals, The Freedom of Science, and National Security in the United States, 1899-1979, examines debates over animal experimentation and American security from the dawn of the twentieth century to the emergence of the modern animal rights movement.
Ryan's research interests also include the policing of dissent, especially in the name of national security. Along these lines, Ryan is additionally working on an archival and FOIA project to map the nature and evolution of the FBI's understanding and handling of the modern animal rights movement, and a methodologically similar project exploring FBI and other intelligence agency efforts to subvert the Freedom of Information Act and related open government initiatives of the 1970s and 80s.
modern American history; history of medicine; history of science; animal-human interactions; environmental history; nuclear studies; war and society; policing dissent; freedom of information