AUSTIN, Texas – University of Texas at Austin alumna and longtime friend of the College of Liberal Arts, Pamela Ryan (Ph.D. Business, ‘94), has been awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia for her service to Australia and key contributions to Australian studies. The award is Australia’s pre-eminent recognition of outstanding and meritorious service by its citizens.
In 1998 Ryan founded a global research institute, Issues Deliberation Australia / America, generating a formidable body of work on Aboriginal reconciliation, Australian republicanism, human rights law, parliamentary reform, the psychology of fear and terror, and Muslim relations. In 2005, she co-founded Psychology Beyond Borders, a pioneering non-governmental organization dedicated to the study and relief of the psychosocial impacts on people in natural disasters, acts of terror and war.
Ryan is the co-founder and chair of the Austin-based Silverton Foundation, which funds programs to empower disadvantaged people in the United States, Australia and many other countries, including Ethiopia, East Timor, Sri Lanka, India, Vietnam and South Africa.
Ryan has published a wide array of public policy reports, academic articles, and a personal memoir titled “Magic Carpet Flying.” She has also produced three documentary films addressing such issues as the plights of Australian Aborigines, the psychology of fear and terror, and relations between Muslim and non-Muslim communities in Australia.
A research fellow at The University of Texas and the University of South Australia, Ryan lectures courses in the McCombs School of Business and the College of Liberal Arts. In 2002, she endowed the Ryan Fund for Australian Studies, which has been an important support for activities of the Edward A. Clark Center for Australian and New Zealand Studies in the College of Liberal Arts at The University of Texas at Austin.