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About Erin Ryan

Erin Ryan is the Elizabeth C. and Clyde W. Atkinson Professor of Law at Florida State University, where she teaches environmental and natural resources law, property and land use, water law, negotiation, and federalism. She has presented widely in the United States, Europe, and Asia, including the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference, the National Association of Attorneys General, the United States Forest Service, and the United Nations Institute for Training and Research. She has advised National Sea Grant multilevel governance studies involving Chesapeake Bay and consulted with multiple institutions on developing sustainability programs. She has appeared in the Chicago Tribune, the London Financial Times, the Associated Press, Thomson-Reuters Beijing, Foreign Affairs, the Huffington Post, National Public Radio, and local NBC and CBS Television News. She is the author of many scholarly works, including FEDERALISM AND THE TUG OF WAR WITHIN (Oxford, 2012).

Ryan is a graduate of Harvard Law School, where she was an editor of the Harvard Law Review and a Hewlett Fellow at the Harvard Negotiation Research Project. She clerked for Judge James R. Browning of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit before practicing environmental, land use, and local government law in San Francisco. She began her academic career at the College of William & Mary in 2004, joined the faculty at the Northwestern School of Law at Lewis & Clark College in 2011, and moved to Florida State in 2015. Ryan spent 2011-12 as a Fulbright Scholar in China, during which she taught American law, studied Chinese governance, and lectured throughout the country. She has also lectured at leading universities and government agencies in Japan, Vietnam, and India.

Prior to law school, she served as a U.S. Forest Service ranger on the Mono Lake District of the Inyo National Forest, east of Yosemite National Park. She graduated from Harvard College with a degree in East Asian Languages and Civilizations and received a Master’s degree in Ethnomusicology from Wesleyan University.


Present Elizabeth C. & Clyde W. Atkinson Professor of Law, Florida State University

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