Daniel Ryan Morse is a writer, musician, recording engineer, and educator based in Reno, Nevada. Morse is the author of Radio Empire: The BBC’s Eastern Service and the Emergence of the Global Anglophone Novel (Columbia University Press, 2020). Radio Empire--a 2021 Choice Outstanding Academic Title--was reviewed in Modernism/modernity, The Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, The LSE Review of Books, Radio User, The Orwell Foundation Blog, and CHOICE. The book demonstrates the significance of the Eastern Service for global Anglophone literature and literary broadcasting by tracing how modernist writers used radio to experiment with form and introduce postcolonial literature to global audiences. Other scholarly work of his has appeared in the Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, the Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies, and Modernism/modernity. He also contributes gear reviews to Tape Op: The Creative Music Recording Magazine.
Dan currently plays guitar and piano in the band Fine Motor (Exotic Fever Records). The UK music blog For the Rabbits says Fine Motor’s recent album, Giant Woman, “feels bolder, more complex and more important than ever before.” Dan is also an enthusiastic home recordist and freelance recording engineer. You can view his selected discography here. When he was younger, he played guitar in the Washington, DC-based postpunk band A Day in Black & White, who toured extensively in the US and Europe.
Dan, who is associate professor of English at the University of Nevada, Reno, received his BA from the George Washington University and MA and PhD from Temple University. He co-curated the Sounding Identity event series in conjunction with the Gender, Race, and Identity program at UNR. He also curated an exhibition on James Joyce's Ulysses for the Rosenbach Museum & Library in Philadelphia. He is a member of the Holland Project, an all-ages arts and music initiative, and lives in Reno with his wife and band-mate Casey Bell and their beloved rescue dog, Maud.