John Ronan teaches American literature, Literary Theory, Sports Literature, and Composition. He has been a member of the English Department at Kutztown University since 2009.
He has published a number of articles on antebellum American authors, including Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, and Herman Melville, in venues including The New England Quarterly, Leviathan, The Concord Saunterer, Nineteenth-Century Prose, Resources for American Literary Study, and the edited collection, Emerson For the Twenty-First Century. His article on Nathaniel Hawthorne's "Young Goodman Brown" was published in the Norton Critical Edition of The Scarlet Letter. He has also published translations of essays by Adriana Cavarero and Jean-François Lyotard in Political Theory and Qui Parle.
He has presented many papers at conferences both in the US and abroad, including the annual meetings of the Modern Language Association, the American Studies Association, the British Association for American Studies, the French Association for American Studies, the American Comparative Literature Association, the American Literature Association, and the British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies.
At Kutztown University, he has served as Vice President of the University Senate, Chair of the Committee on Committees, Chair of the Honorary Doctorate Committee, and Secretary of the General Education Committee. He is currently a member of the KU Commission on the Status of Women and is Co-Advisor to the English Club/Sigma Tau Delta. He was advisor to the KU Medieval-Renaissance Club. He has also served on the Executive Board of English Association of Pennsylvania State Universities.