About Ryan Stoldt

I am a Mass Communication Ph.D. student at the University of Iowa, digital marketer, musician, and writer with particular interests in digital culture, television, literature, and music.

I’m currently researching changes in the entertainment industry through the emergence of streaming video. My master’s thesis explored the differences in gratifications sought and obtained between people binge-watching television shows and watching shows weekly.

Before beginning the doctoral program at the University of Iowa, I received my bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Wichita State University in Communication. After finishing my bachelor’s degree, I worked as a digital marketing manager at Visit Wichita and provided digital strategy consulting services for the Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission, Ad Astra creative agencyPrinceton Strategies, Wichita Restaurant Week, and many other clients.

Outside of my professional work, I currently play guitar and sing in Twin Cities, an indie rock band known for their “unique vocal style, varying guitar tones, and… surprising amount of energy.” I previously played bass in Coriander and Team Tremolo. I began writing poetry and short stories as an extension of my songwriting and have published a few poems.

This blog will also discuss my long distance relationship with my beautiful fiancé Amanda (the most loving girl I could ever ask to spend my life with) and our young (occasionally destructive) Sheltie named Zero.