Ryan Jerome LeCount is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Hamline University. A relative newcomer to the department (having joined the faculty in 2012), Professor LeCount is in love with the University, his students and his colleagues. Ryan is a Political Sociologist whose teaching and research focus on issues of identity and power, especially race and ethnicity in the United States. Professor LeCount’s recent research has focused on the role of economic insecurity in shaping racial and political attitudes among Whites in the United States. In both his research and teaching, Professor LeCount is a passionate advocate for the sociological perspective and the value of understanding the complex and often-hidden forces that shape human behavior. Ryan has already taught a variety of courses at Hamline including Racial and Ethnic Relations, Social Movements, Introduction to Sociology, Sociology of Tourism, and Hamline First-Year Seminar among many others. Professor LeCount is a co-facilitator for Hamline’s White Privilege Circle, a member of Hamline’s NCORE team, a member of the Sexual Violence Prevention Taskforce, and has spoken and written widely both on campus and in the broader Minnesota community about issues of inequality and racial justice. Ryan taught a course on the Sociology of Tourism in Hawai’i in 2014 and will be taking Hamline students abroad for a Social Movements course in Argentina in 2015. A Blues musician and a former minor-league football player, Ryan is very happy to be in the Twin Cities with all that the metropolitan area has to offer. He is an animal lover who lives with his partner, a house full of animals, and a more than a few instruments in the north metro.
Students in Professor LeCount’s classroom experience a passionate, energetic, and interactive learning experience. His is not a classroom in which students are passive vessels, but active collaborators in their own learning. Through the use of interactive technologies like “clickers” and the use of diverse readings and multimedia texts, students are exposed to the latest Sociological research in a variety of modes. Ryan’s classrooms are discussion-oriented and designed to apply the often-abstract ideas of the discipline to the everyday experiences of diverse students.
“I am literally living my life’s dream. The great privilege of spending time thinking, learning and teaching about important ideas and issues is never lost on me. I am constantly reminded what a tiny number of people who have ever lived have had this opportunity- and of the responsibility that such an opportunity engenders.
One hopes, of course, in every class to be training future Sociologists. In this, the definition is not limited to those whose career is formally linked to the discipline. Rather, the hope is that all students will forever carry with them the intellectual and empathic tools that the discipline teaches. We are most successful when every student we see brings the wisdom of the discipline to every part of her life- whatever the career or life trajectory”
-Ryan Jerome LeCount