About Ryan Stoldt

I’m a Mass Communication Ph.D. candidate at the University of Iowa, where I study the intersections between digital production cultures, big data and algorithms, and global media industries. I research how the logics and production decisions behind algorithms privilege certain groups of people over others in a global context. My work has been published in Social Media + Society, the Journal of Media Ethics, and Flow.

Before returning to school, I worked in digital marketing and won multiple awards for my campaigns with Visit Wichita and Wichita Restaurant Week.

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 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.


Ph.D., Expected May 2021Mass CommunicationUniversity of Iowa
M.A., 2016CommunicationsWichita State University
B.A., 2013Integrated Marketing CommunicationsWichita State University


The Gamification Of Television? Bandersnatch, Video Games, and Human-Machine InteractionFlow2019
Professionalizing and Profiting: The Rise of Intermediaries in the Social Media Influencer IndustrySocial Media + Society2019
Grandma or Mommy: Familial Labels as Constructs of Identity in GrandfamiliesJournal of Intergenerational Relationships2019