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

  • 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 student in cultural anthropology and have worked in American Indian communities since 2014.  As a member of the American Indian Health Research and Education Alliance (AIHREA), I developed my interests in contemporary American Indian identity, religious expression, and activism.  During my master’s research, I focused on the importance of Lakota oral and religious traditions in resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline for water protectors from the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe.  I plan to focus on the use of resistance rides (such as the Dakota 38+2 and Bigfoot Memorial Rides) in contemporary Lakota activism for my dissertation research.  I continue to work with AIHREA as their social media coordinator as well as co-hosting the podcast Religiously Literate, a podcast exploring religious expression around the world.

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