Susan Elizabeth Ryan is a professor emeritus of contemporary and new media art history and theory at the LSU School of Art and member of the LSU Center for Computational Technology (CCT). She now teaches online courses.
She helped found an interdisciplinary art and engineering undergraduate minor at LSU entitled AVATAR. Her book, Garments of Paradise, was published by MIT Press in 2014 and is a critical study of wearable technology. She curated Social Fabrics, an exhibition sponsored by the Leonardo Educational Forum for the College Art Association in Dallas in 2008. She has lectured internationally on dress and creative technology and has contributed articles to Leonardo and the online journal Intelligent Agent. She has also published two books focused on artists’ autobiographical practices: she assembled, edited, and annotated American painter Marsden Hartley’s autobiography, Somehow a Past (MIT Press, 1996 and 1998), and she authored the first critical study of work of a significant pop artist, Robert Indiana: Figures of Speech (Yale University Press, 2000).