Ryan Lenora Brown is The Christian Science Monitor's Africa correspondent, based in Johannesburg, South Africa. Her reporting interests skew long, narrative, and offbeat, with a particular interest in Africa's cities and its migrants. She has reported from nearly two dozen African countries, and in addition to The Monitor has been published in The Washington Post, The New York Times Magazine, Runners World, Newsweek, The Atlantic CityLabForeignPolicy.com, The Daily Beast, The Chronicle of Higher EducationAl Jazeera, U.S. News and World Report, and The Guardian, among others. Since 2015, Ryan has been a fellow with the International Women's Media Foundation's Africa Great Lakes reporting initiative. She is also also a former Fulbright fellow to South Africa (2011/12), an International Reporting Project fellow to Sierra Leone (2016) and Senegal (2017), and a Wits China-Africa fellow to Lesotho (2016). 

Ryan's first book, A Native of Nowhere: The Life of Nat Nakasa, which chronicles the life and untimely death of a young South African writer, was published by Jacana Media in September 2013.  

Ryan holds a Masters in African Studies from the University of Oxford and a Bachelors in history from Duke University, and is originally from Denver, Colorado. She lives in Johannesburg with her partner and two excellent dogs.