Dr. Ryan Shirey is associate teaching professor in the Department of English and Director of the Writing Center at Wake Forest University. He earned his Ph.D. in English and American literature at Washington University in St. Louis, where he specialized in Modern British literature. His academic interests include mystery and crime fiction, film noir, and the relationship between Modernist aesthetics and popular culture. Dr. Shirey has recently published a chapter in a collection of essays on the father of the modern spy thriller, John Buchan, and has previously presented work on Alfred Hitchcock's 1930s film adaptations of suspense novels to the South Atlantic Modern Language Association. These interests also inform his teaching, and he has taught courses on hardboiled detective novels through the Reynolda House Museum and on representations of crime and criminality in popular culture for Wake Forest undergraduates. He is excited to be returning as an Insight speaker after having previously spoken about two of Frederick Knott's classic stage thrillers, Dial M for Murder, in September of 2011 and Wait Until Dark in September of 2013.