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About Emily Ryo

Emily Ryo is a professor of law and sociology at the University of Southern California Gould School of Law. She received a J.D. from Harvard Law School and a Ph.D. in sociology from Stanford University. She is an Andrew Carnegie Fellow. Immediately prior to joining USC, she was a research fellow at Stanford Law School.  She served as a law clerk to the Honorable M. Margaret McKeown of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and practiced law at the international law firm of Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen, and Hamilton. Questions of citizenship and international migration, which raise new challenges and opportunities for democracy and diversity, are central themes in her research.  Her current research focuses on immigration detention, criminal justice, and the legal attitudes and legal noncompliance of noncitizens.  She approaches these questions through innovative interdisciplinary lenses, using diverse quantitative and qualitative methods.  As an empirical legal scholar, she has published widely in both leading sociology and law journals, including the American Sociological Review, UCLA Law Review, and Law & Society Review. Her research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the Russell Sage Foundation, and the Haynes Foundation, among others.


Present Professor of Law and Sociology, University of Southern California Law

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USC Gould School of Law
699 Exposition Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90089

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