Professor, Interim Associate Dean


  • Office Hours:

    T/Th 2-3 p.m.
  • Role:

  • Position:

    • Professor, Interim Associate Dean
  • Concentration:

    • Contemporary Literature, Dramatic Literature and Theory
  • Department:

    • CLA Dean's Office, English, and Theatre
  • Education:

    • PhD, University of Maryland, College Park
  • Curriculum Vitae:


Ryan Claycomb teaches courses in modern drama, critical theory, theatre history, dramaturgy and contemporary literature for both English and Theatre. His research responds to questions surrounding performances of the real--real people, real places, and real events--and the political, ethical, and formal issues that arise.

Dr. Claycomb arrives at CSU after 14 years at West Virginia University, where he served as acting dean of the Honors College and founding director of the Humanities Center. For the 2020-21 and 2021-22 academic years, he has served in interim roles in the CLA Dean's office focusing on issues around non-tenure-track faculty development, student success initiatives, and undergraduate academic affairs.



Verbatim Theatre in The Lurch: Documentary Dramaturgies and the Crisis of Democratic Deliberation.  Under contract with University of Michigan Press.

Lives in Play: Autobiography and Biography on the Feminist Stage.  Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press. 2012. x + 261 pp. Reviewed in Biography, Modern Drama, TDR, Text and Presentation, Theatre Journal, Theatre Research International, Theatre Survey.

Writing Against the Curriculum: Anti-Disciplinarity in the Writing and Cultural Studies Classroom.  Co-edited with Randi Gray Kristensen. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2009. 244 pp. Reviewed in Composition Studies.

Selected Articles

“Exceptional Embodiment in Anna Deavere Smith’s Let Me Down Easy” in Critical Perspectives on Contemporary Playwriting by Women: The Early Twenty-First Century. Eds. Penny Farfan and Lesley Ferris.  Ann Arbor, Mich:University of Michigan Press, 2021. 109-117.

“Annawadi on South Bank: Global Neoliberalism and Spatial Contingency in Behind the Beautiful ForeversModern Drama. 60.4 (Winter 2017) 407-427.

“Here’s How You Produce This Play: Towards a Narratology of Dramatic Texts.”  Narrative.  21.2 (May 2013).  159-179.

“Voices of the Other:  Documentary and Oral History Performance in Post-9/11 British Theatre” in Political and Protest Theatre after 9/11: Patriotic Dissent.  Ed. Jenny Spencer. New York: Routledge, 2011.  93-107.