Marie-Laure Ryan

Marie-Laure Ryan


Personal data
Born Geneva, Switzerland
Residence Bellvue, Colorado
Hobbies Hiking, skiing, horseback riding, backpacking in Southwestern deserts, nature photography
Family Caitlin and Duncan (kids), Otis and Kinnikinnik, the Palindrome cat (felines)


High school Collège Voltaire, Geneva (then Ecole Supérieure de Jeunes Filles)
Undergraduate Université de Genève, Faculté des lettres, with some fun abroad at Georg August Universität, Göttingen, Germany
Graduate University of Utah (M.A., Linguistics; MA, German; Ph.D, French)
Post-Graduate (or back to undergraduate) University of California, San Diego (Computer Science)

During my breaks from independent scholarship I was...

Software Engineer, Software Microsystems, San Diego, California (1982-4)
Software Consultant, Pacific Analytical, Carlsbad, California (1985-1991)
Instructor, English Department, Colorado State University (1994-5)
Fellow, Cornell Society for the Humanities (1999)
Scholar in Residence, English Department, University of Colorado, Boulder, 2009-2010
Gutenberg Fellow, Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz, Germany, 2010-2011

Awards, appointments, committees

Member, editorial board of Style
Co-Editor, Routledge Encycopedia of Narrative with David Herman and Manfred Jahn
Member, editorial board of Frontiers of Narrative a series published by the University of Nebraska Press
Awarded the 1992 Annual Prize for Independent Scholars by the Modern Language Association for Possible Worlds, Artificial Intelligence and Narrative Theory
Recipient of a one-year grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, 1998
Member, MLA Committee for Academic Freedom and Professional Rights, 1999-2002
Awarded the 2002 Jeanne and Aldo Scaglione Prize for Comparative Literary Studies from the Modern Language Association for Narrative as Virtual Reality
2001-2002 Recipient of Guggenheim Fellowhip. Project: Literary Cartography