Ryann is interested in occupational and organizational identity, culture, and organizational effectiveness in the international development and global health sectors and in organizations that operate in developing countries. Her current research focuses on public sector nurses in West Africa. She has also done research on culture and global collaboration (with Tsedal Neeley) and on the international development blogosphere (chapter forthcoming in Popular Representations of Development, Routledge).
Prior to starting her doctoral studies, Ryann worked as a researcher and manager in international development and global health, and has lived in Sierra Leone, South Africa, Mexico, Uruguay, and El Salvador. She has worked for a range of organizations including the World Bank, Council on Foreign Relations, and Concern Worldwide's Innovations for Maternal Newborn and Child Health. She is also a founding member and Director of the Welbodi Partnership, an organization that supports pediatric healthcare in Sierra Leone. Ryann received an A.B. summa cum laude from Princeton University in 2001, and MPP degree from the Harvard Kennedy School in 2005.
Ryann served as a Teaching Fellow for the 2013 undergraduate course, Sociology 164: Successful Societies, taught by Michele Lamont and Peter Hall. She also served as an assistant for the 2013 MBA course, Power and Influence, taught by Julie Battilana.