Professional Staff

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Ulli K.Ryder 

ISE Director

Ulli has earned degrees in English and American Studies, Afro-American Studies, Professional Writing and her Ph.D. is in American Studies and Ethnicity from the University of Southern California.  Her dissertation topic was “As Shelters Against the Cold”: Women Writers of the Black Arts and Chicano Movements, 1965-1978. 


Coming most recently from Bristol Community College, Ulli served as Dean, Arts and Humanities.  In this role she managed approximately 300 faculty and 400 courses per semester across 4 campus locations and online.  In addition, she oversaw the Grimshaw-Gudewicz Art Gallery, which is designed to support the educational mission of innovation and creativity of college and the southeast Massachusetts region; the LusoCentro, which is dedicated to the study of language and celebration for the Portuguese and Lusophone cultures; and supported the art and theatre programs and international club as well as the Women's Center.  In addition, Ulli has experience as a McNair Scholarship mentor, as Academic Director of a women's leadership program with the US State Department, was a member of the Rhode Island Commission for Health Advocacy and Equity, and is Scholar-in-Residence in the Office of the Chaplains at Brown.

If you would like to book an appointment with Ulli, please use the link below.

Student Staff

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Ruihong Jiang | She, her, hers

ILL '23

I’m Rui, I am a sophomore in illustration. I work as a cultural programmer focusing on the international population at RISD. I am an Italian-born Chinese who loves anything sweet and mushroom-related.