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Ryan Goeckner

Ryan Goeckner

Ryan Goeckner

PhD Candidate



4034 Smith Laboratory
174 W. 18th Ave.
Columbus, OH 43210

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Areas of Expertise

  • Anthropologies of resilience and the future
  • American Indian identities, cultures, activism, and religious traditions
  • Authority and relevance of oral traditions
  • Religion in the United States


  • 2018 MA Religious Studies, University of Kansas
  • 2014 BA Anthropology & American Studies, University of Kansas
  • 2012 AA Liberal Arts & Sciences, Johnson County Community College

I am a doctoral candidate in the Department of Anthropology at The Ohio State University. My research interests fall at the intersection of resilience, futurities, and identity. My dissertation project seeks to understand how practices of resilience throughout the COVID-19 pandemic in American Indian communities evidence the futures imagined by these communities. My master's research explored the role that Lakota oral and spiritual traditions played in resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline.

I have worked in American Indian communities throughout the Great Plains since 2014. I am a Senior Research Scientist with the Institute for Indigenous Studies at Lehigh University, the principal academic partner of the American Indian Health Research and Education Alliance (AIHREA). My work with AIHREA partners covers a variety of topics including recreational tobacco cessation, mental health and addiction, college preparation for reservation youth, and contemporary American Indian identities. I also co-host Religiously Literate, a podcast exploring the diversity of religious expression around the world.

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