Ryan C. McIlhenny
He holds an MA in history from California State University and a PhD in the same subject at the University of California, Irvine
Dr. Ryan McIlhenny has been an educator for nearly twenty years. He holds an MA in history from California State University and a PhD in the same subject at the University of California, Irvine, where he explored the origins of anti-slavery and its connection to religious intolerance in the Early American Republic. His scholarly work as a cultural historian has led to the authorship of his first monograph To Preach Deliverance to the Captives: Freedom and Slavery in the Protestant Mind of George Bourne (1780-1845), part of the Antislavery, Abolition, and Atlantic World series of Louisiana State University Press (2020). Much of his writing spans disciplines within the humanities and social sciences. He has written a number of essays and reviews for peer-reviewed journals and more popular periodicals related to philosophy, economics, education, and religious studies. Dr. McIlhenny’s teaching experience spans over two decades, beginning as a middle-school and high school instructor to that of a university professor. He has taught at a handful of colleges and universities in southern California, including playing a central role in establishing a liberal arts institution. He moved to Shanghai with his family in 2017 to help a U.S.-based college build a pathway program for Chinese students. Given his great appreciation for the liberal arts, Dr. McIlhenny is very excited to be part of the Xing Wei experience, the first-of-its-kind institution in China. It has been quite an adventure living in this part of the world and at this moment in time. China’s near-miraculous resurgence as a global leader over the last forty years has led to Shanghai becoming the central hub of international higher education. Shanghai is helping to generate an educational renaissance in the twenty-first century, and Xing Wei is leading the way.