last updated Wed, Nov 26, 2014
Emily Ryo joined USC Gould as an assistant professor of law and sociology in the fall of 2013.
She earned a Ph.D.in sociology from Stanford University and was a research fellow for the Stanford Program in Law and Society. Her dissertation, Becoming Illegal, develops a new decision-making model of unauthorized labor migration, which considers not only the economic motivations of prospective unauthorized migrants, but also their beliefs, attitudes, and social norms regarding U.S. immigration law and legal authorities.
Ryo’s primary research and teaching interests include immigration, criminal law, employment and labor, socio-legal studies and civil rights. Her current studies focus on questions relating to the role of social norms, morality, and cognition in shaping lay and judicial attitudes and decision-making and behavior in legal contexts. She employs a variety of legal and empirical methods in her work, including doctrinal and statutory analyses, and collection and analyses of archival, interview, experimental, and survey data.
Ryo served as a law clerk to the Honorable M. Margaret McKeown of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Prior to entering graduate school, she was an associate at Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen, and Hamilton. She received her J.D. from Harvard Law School (magna cum laude), and B.A. (history) from University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (summa cum laude).