Meet Frances

frances-ryanI am Frances Ryan, a PhD student in Edinburgh Napier University’s School of Computing. There, I explore the role of online information in personal reputation management and evaluation. My research interests include social media use and behaviours, online reputation and identity, everyday life information seeking and behaviours, and digital information sharing.

I am an American native from a rural mountain community in the mountains of Washington State and have been living in Scotland off-and-on since 2001. I hold a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations (cum laude) from Central Washington University (USA) with a double minor in historical tourism and wine studies and a Master of Letters in Media and Culture (with Distinction) from the University of Stirling (Scotland).

Professionally, I have more than 16 years’ experience in traditional and new media communication strategies. I have successfully created and directed strategic, proactive communication strategies for a range of organisations from small, non-profit community groups and family businesses to an internationally recognised research university. For more details, please see my LinkedIn page.

My free time is spent running, writing, reading, and swirling. I am a passionate cook (though a less-passionate dish-washer!) and when I’ve lived in places with my own garden, I’ve been passionate about growing things, too. I also enjoy travelling and spending time with my family and friends.

You can find me around the World Wide Web by various links on my About.Me page here.