Yiran Duan

Ph.D. Student

Yiran Duan is a 1st year Ph.D. student of Information Science and Technology at Syracuse University’s iSchool. She received her M.A. degree in Anthropology with a concentration on cultural anthropology from Florida State University in 2018. During her master’s program, she worked as both a teaching assistant and a research assistant. She worked at the Department of Florida for one year before pursuing a doctoral degree at Syracuse University.


Yiran’s current research interests are at the intersection of opinion leaders and social network analysis. Specifically, she is interested in exploring how opinion leaders broadcast information by using hashtags around discussions of climate change and social movements such as #BlackLivesMatter. She approaches this research area by applying both qualitative and quantitative methods. Her most recent work explores how Dribbble.com may impact the Design industry and education by conducting interviews with designers using this platform


Although being ambidextrous, Yiran prefers to use her left hand to play tennis and badminton, which seems to make it is easier for her to win a game in general. She fills her free time with swimming, reading, and traveling.

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