About Ryan Stoldt

I’m a Mass Communication Ph.D. candidate at the University of Iowa, where I study the intersections between production cultures, data, and creativity. I’m interested in questions surrounding how the production of big data informs creative decision making and business practices in multiple media industries. Most of my research focuses on internet distributed television like Netflix and Amazon, but I’ve also done research on influencers, transmedia stories, and crowdfunding sites.

I’ve published work in Social Media and Society and presented papers at the International Communication Association conference, the Association for the Education of Journalism and Mass Communication conference, and the Flow TV conference.

Before returning to school for my Ph.D., I worked as the digital marketing manager for the Visit Wichita Convention and Visitors Bureau and acted as digital strategy consultant for the Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission, Ad Astra creative agencyPrinceton Strategies, Wichita Restaurant Week, and many other clients. My professional work received awards from the Travel Industry Association of Kansas and the Public Relation Society of America’s Clarus Awards.

Outside of work, I 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.

I have a wonderful partner named Amanda. We have a Sheltie named Zero and a Terrier named Harry Pawter.

If you’d like to ask me a question, talk about Lost being the greatest television show of all time, or ask for recommendations about things to watch/read, feel free to contact me at ryan-stoldt@uiowa.edu.