Ryan Lancaster is involved in dozens of different avenues which can be attributed to his work ethic and upbringing. He is the founder and editor-in-chief of ryanglancaster.com, a website chocked full of the musings of an internet curmudgeon. Ryan earned a masters degree in US History from the American Military University in 2014 and graduated a member of Pi Gamma Mu, the oldest and preeminent honor society in the social sciences. He currently is an adjunct professor at his alma mater, Muskegon Community College. He lives with Betsy and their four children in Holland, MI. When he's not talking or writing about history, Ryan enjoys wrestling, Star Wars and comic books.
For as long as he can remember he has been infatuated with history. Some of his earliest memories were thumbing through a National Geographic and seeing photographs of the sunk and dilapidated Titanic, and the plaster mold of a dog chained to a wall at Pompeii, circa 79CE. Questions began to rise. Where did this dog come from? Why did he die? Did dogs have ghosts? What was for dinner (he was like 5 years old)? This fascination has led him to view and discover the world differently. As a student of history, Lancaster feels a sense of empowerment that comes with its unique perspective. We are all connected to each other through history and he uses this basic principle to guide him with his life’s choices and decisions. As a historian, is given the daunting task of not only preserving our past, but allowing mankind to truly know itself. Since receiving his Masters, he has continued to work in public schools in Michigan and public museums.
Lancaster has written for several blogs and academic journals. He has had his work featured in Saber and Scroll.
Beginning in 2021, Professor Lancaster has flipped his asynchronous classes and put them on his website for better ease. He currently teaches US History.
The Reasonably Priced Time Machine (RPTM) Podcast is Professor Lancaster’s journey through the overlooked and the misunderstood. Every episode examines several things from the past — an event, a person, an idea, even a song.