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Shann Ray Ferch, PhD, MFA

Shann Ray Ferch

Professor of Leadership Studies, Doctoral Program in Leadership Studies; Editor, The International Journal of Servant Leadership



Dr. Shann Ray Ferch is a systems psychologist and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellow. He has served as a research pscyhologist for the Centers for Disease Control and a panelist for the National Endowment for the Humanities, Research Division. He has served as a visiting scholar in the Netherlands, the Philippines, Canada, South Africa, and Colombia.

He writes poetry and fiction under Shann Ray in honor of his mom Saundra Rae. Shann Ray's collection of stories American Masculine (Graywolf Press), named by Esquire as one of Three Books Every Man Should Read and selected by Kirkus Reviews as a Best Book of 2011, won the Bakeless Prize, the High Plains Book Award, and the American Book Award. Sherman Alexie called it "tough, poetic, and beautiful" and Dave Eggers said Ray's work is "lyrical, prophetic, and brutal, yet ultimately hopeful." Dr. Ferch's creative nonfiction book of political theory Forgiveness and Power in the Age of Atrocity (Rowman & Littlefield) sheds light on the nature of categorical human transgressions and engages the question of ultimate forgiveness in the context of ultimate violence. The winner of the Subterrain Poetry Prize, the Crab Creek Review Fiction Award, and the Ruminate Short Story Prize, his work has appeared in some of the nation's leading literary venues including McSweeney's, Narrative, Story Quarterly, and Poetry International.

Shann grew up in Montana and spent part of his childhood on the Northern Cheyenne reservation. He lives with his wife and three daughters in Spokane, Washington where he teaches leadership and forgiveness studies at Gonzaga University.