Ryan Brown is a professor of social psychology at The University of Oklahoma. He has been conducting research on how people think, feel, and behave for 20 years, first at The University of Texas at Austin, where he earned his doctorate in social psychology, then briefly at Amherst College in Massachusetts before coming to OU, where he now teaches and continues to conduct research on social and cultural dynamics. He graduated cum laude with a B.A. in psychology from Rice University in Houston, Texas. Having grown up in Alabama of Scotch-Irish descent, he has spent almost all of his life in “honor states,” an experience which no doubt has motivated and supported his research interests.
Ryan is a fellow of the Society for Experimental Social Psychology and is an ad hoc reviewer for approximately 20 national and international journals in psychology. He is a member of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology and the Association for Psychological Science. Ryan has published more than 40 scientific articles and book chapters and has received research funding from the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues and from the National Institutes of Health. In the wake of the tragic mass-shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, he was invited to serve on the Oklahoma Commission on School Security (PDF), which advised the governor’s office on ways to enhance security in Oklahoma’s schools.