Ryan Smith Jones
Graduated: 2009, Masters in Pan African Studies
Thesis title: Using dramatic text to explore how low-income African-American men become non-participatory fathers
Graduate Student InformationRyan Travis Smith-Jones is from Camden, New Jersey by way of Stone Mountain, Georgia. Receiving a B.A. degree from Fort Valley State University in May 2007, Ryan graduated Summa Cum Laude majoring in African World Studies with a concentration in Pre-Law and a minor in Sociology. His research interests include examining the impact people of African descent had on Theatre Arts, and analyzing how they are depicted throughout the Arts. Ryan is the Co-Founder of Conscious Quest Productions, through which he has directed 7 productions, one of which has received national recognition at the 2007 National Association of Dramatic and Speech Arts Annual Conference. He notes that theatre has been used by people of African descent as an instrument to amplify their political, social, and spiritual voice: Ryan strives to continue in this legacy as a creative artist. Upon completion of his MA degree, Ryan plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Theatre Arts. May 2009 Graduate.