Bryan grew up in Akron, OH where he cultivated a taste for exploring the wider world and has spent most of his life in Chicago and New York City. Bryan is a Ph.D. candidate in British Atlantic and Early American History at Columbia University. He earned his BA from the City College of New York in History where he graduated summa cum laude and was nominated by his professors for membership in the Phi Beta Kappa society. Bryan has received fellowships from a variety of research libraries around the United States, including the Huntington Library, the Clements Library, the Lewis Walpole Library, the John Carter Brown Library, the Massachusetts Historical Society, and the American Philosophical Society. He has also presented his work at numerous academic conferences and workshops.
Bryan values and takes delight in teaching and has worked with hundreds of students at Columbia University, where he has helped them to understand, manage, and appreciate the study of history, the social sciences, and literature. He teaching embraces a wide range of chronological, geographic, and analytical points of focus, including the American south, the modern Middle East, American foreign relations in the 20th century, and the Americas and Europe from the age of exploration to the mid-18th century. Bryan has helped many students write successful grant, fellowship, and college admissions essays for a range of fields in the humanities and social and hard sciences. He has also worked with students and colleagues to develop and refine MA theses and doctoral dissertation chapters.
Bryan spends his spare time playing jazz and rock guitar, cooking, bicycling, exploring museums and galleries, and reading poetry. He is also a long-suffering devotee of Cleveland professional sports.