Regina (Jeanne) Ruane


Regina (Jeanne) Ruane

Managing Director

Regina (Jeanne) Ruane is the Managing Director of the Computational Social Science Lab, overseeing the research and administrative team, large-scale lab operations, and positioning in the larger university and research space. In her research, Jeanne designs and conducts analysis of digital experiments involving business analytics, network data, sampling, modeling and inference with social network data in complex observational studies with a time, space, and/or network component in financial technology (FinTech), crowdfunding, and emerging technologies.  A number of Jeanne’s key research ideas have originated from collaborations with applied researchers in Tech and Finance, including Wells Fargo’s Quantitative Strategies Group, Blackrock, Vertex, Keystone Space Collaborative, and several startups.

Jeanne joined Penn following her roles at Temple University as the Executive Director of the Data Science Institute and assistant professor with the Department of Statistical Science. In these roles, she worked closely with collaborators from Columbia, MIT, Stanford, the University of Chicago, and Yale, as well as industry partners, including Amazon, Google, and Disney, to design and analyze experiments on large networks to achieve substantial solutions with large-scale impact. Jeanne was a research fellow with Harvard University and Temple University, where she worked with Paul Pavlou and Edoardo Airoldi, conducting research in data science and digital analytics with a focus on networks, information systems and statistics.

Jeanne earned her PhD from Drexel University, her MA from Columbia University and a BA from Villanova University. Jeanne has worked in industry in a variety of roles from early-stage start-ups to established industry leaders to government agencies.  Her work has appeared in journals across Information Systems, Health, and Education, including Communications of the Association for Information Systems, Online Learning, where she received the Best Paper Award, and Journal of Opioid Management.