Block OArienne received her Bachelor’s degree in Russian, as well as dual Master’s degrees in Art History and Slavic Studies, from The Ohio State University. Her MA thesis compared the works and philosophical beliefs of artists Kazimir Malevich and Vasily Kandinsky.

ceo copyAfter moving to Los Angeles in 2001, she worked at the University of Southern California’s Center for Effective Organizations (CEO), where she was a research associate, web content/social media manager, and events program manager. At CEO, Arienne’s research activities focused on healthcare sustainability and transformational leadership for sustainable functioning. She accrued over 10 years’ experience in managing a variety of special events and executive education programs in the US, Sweden, and Italy. She also oversaw all aspects of the Center’s internet presence.

usc logoWhile at USC Arienne also received a Master’s degree in Communication Management with a focus on Social Media and Online Communities from the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. For her Master’s project, she was a member of a four-person self-managed team that successfully launched a new online community website in four months.

ISUArienne is currently an Assistant Teaching Professor in Apparel, Merchandising Design at Iowa State University, where she recently received her PhD.


  • Retail merchandising
  • Product development and manufacturing
  • Styling
  • Digital textile printing
  • Dress in society/socio-psychological aspects of dress


  • Digital entrepreneurship, merchandising, and social media
  • Consumer behavior
  • Socio-psychological aspects of dress
  • Sustainability
  • Fat studies
  • Organizational behavior, professional socialization