Ryan Bleam

Grad Teaching Assistant
Graduate Assistant/Associate
TEMPE Campus

Student Information

Graduate Student
Liberal Arts & Sciences


Ryan Bleam is an cultural anthropologist specializing in place and civic engagement, particularly for aging populations. His dissertation, "Sense of Place and Conservation Volunteerism", is a partnership with Scottsdale, Arizona's McDowell Sonoran Conservancy. This mixed-methods study explores place meanings and attachments for those who volunteer directly with the landscape. Results contribute to an understanding of the theoretical and methodological approaches to the human-environment relationship, the practice of nonprofit place-based organizations, and of a growing cohort of health aging populations.


Ph.D., Anthropology (expected May 2018)
Arizona State University

M.A., Anthropology (May 2014)
Arizona State University

B.A., Sociology
Elon University

Research Interests

Research Interests: environmental anthropology; space and place; civic engagement; aging, identity, and mobility; informal learning; discourse analysis; human perceptions of the environment


Spring 2015
Course Number Course Title
ASB 102 Culture in a Globalizing World