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Emily Ryo

Emily Ryo

Professor of Law and Sociology

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699 Exposition Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90089-0074 USA Room: 406
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Last Updated: June 14, 2019




Emily Ryo is an associate professor of law and sociology at the USC Gould School of Law. She received a JD from Harvard Law School and a PhD in Sociology from Stanford University. 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.

Her current research focuses on immigration, criminal justice, legal attitudes and legal noncompliance, and procedural justice. She approaches these issues 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. She has been awarded the 2017 Andrew Carnegie Fellowship to support her scholarship.

 

Publications

  • “Understanding Immigration Detention: Causes, Conditions, and Consequences,” Annual Review of Law and Social Science (in press, 2019). - (www)
  • “Beyond the Walls: The Importance of Community Contexts in Immigration Detention," American Behavioral Scientist (with Ian Peacock) (in press, 2019). - (www)
  •  “Detention as Deterrence,” 71 Stanford Law Review Online 237-250 (2019) - (www)
  • "Predicting Danger in Immigration Courts," 44 Law and Social Inquiry 227 (2019). - (bepress) - (www)
  • "A National Study of Immigration Detention in the United States," 92 Southern California Law Review 1 (2018) (with Ian Peacock). - (SSRN) - (bepress) - (Hein)
  • "Representing Immigrants: The Role of Lawyers in Immigration Bond Hearings," 52 Law & Society Review 503 (2018). - (SSRN) - (bepress) - (www)
  • “Fostering Legal Cynicism through Immigration Detention,” 90 Southern California Law Review 999 (2017). - (Hein) - (SSRN) - (bepress)
  • "On Normative Effects of Immigration Law," 13 Stanford Journal of Civil Rights & Civil Liberties 95 (2017). - (SSRN) - (Hein)
  • "The Promise of a Subject-Centered Approach to Understanding Immigration Noncompliance," 5 Journal on Migration and Human Security 285 (2017). - (PDF) - (www)
  • “Legal Attitudes of Immigrant Detainees,” 51 Law & Society Review 99 (2017). - (SSRN) - (bepress) - (www)
  • “Detained: A Study of Immigration Bond Hearings,” 50 Law & Society Review 117 (2016). - (SSRN) - (bepress) - (www)
  • “Less Enforcement, More Compliance: Rethinking Unauthorized Migration,” 62 UCLA Law Review 622 (2015) - (www) - (SSRN) - (bepress) - (Hein)
  • “Moral Judgments, Expressive Functions, and Bias in Immigration Law,” 35 Immigration and Nationality Law Review 3 (2014). - (SSRN) - (bepress)
  • "Deciding to Cross: The Norms and Economics of Unauthorized Migration," 78 American Sociological Review 574 (2013). - (www) - (bepress)
  • "Poverty Alleviation through Public Works," in Rebuild America: Solving the Economic Crisis through Civic Works (Scott Myers-Lipston ed.) (Boulder, CO: Paradigm Publishers, 2009).
  • "The Lost Sanctuary: Examining Sex Trafficking through the Lens of United Status v. Ah Sou," 41 Cornell International Law Journal 739 (2008) (with Hon. M. Margaret McKeown). - (Hein) - (bepress)
  • "Culture of Poverty," in Encyclopedia of Race, Ethnicity, and Society (Richard T. Schaefer ed.) (Thousan Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 2008).
  • "Organizational Diversity, Vitality, and Outcomes in the Civil Rights Movement," 85 Social Forces 1561 (2007) (with Susan Olzak). - (bepress) - (Hein)
  • "Through the Back Door: Applying Theories of Legal Compliance to Illegal Immigration During the Chinese Exclusion Era," 31 Law and Social Inquiry 109 (2006). - (Hein) - (bepress)
  • "Did Katrina Recalibrate Attitudes Towards Poverty and Inequality? A Test of the 'Dirty Little Secret' Hypothesis," 3 Du Bois Review 59 (2006) (with D. Grusky). - (bepress) - (www)
  • "Elusive Citizenship: Immigration, Asian Americans, and the Paradox of Civil Rights," 2 Law, Culture and Humanities 472 (2006) (book review). - (www)

FACULTY IN THE NEWS

The Washington Post
June 12, 2019
Re: Niels W. Frenzen

Niels W. Frenzen was quoted about the case of Scott Warren, an activist who was arrested and charged with harboring and conspiring to transport undocumented immigrants. In 2017, a directive from then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions to prioritize cases involving the transportation of undocumented immigrants,"brought to a head the conflict between immigration enforcement and a sanctuary movement that reaches back to the 1980s," explained Frenzen. "While maintaining a spiritual element, the movement has become more political and less religious...especially as the Trump administration draws stark battle lines on immigration," he said. Frenzen's quote was also mentioned in the National Post, Daily Herald, Calgary Herald, Montreal Gazette, Leader Post, Ottawa Citizen, The London Free Press, The Star Phoenix, Canada.com, The Salt Lake Tribune, and The Province.

RECENT SCHOLARSHIP

Lisa Klerman
April, 2019

“Labor and Employment Law Jeopardy,” Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Section Annual Retreat, Westlake Village, CA.

Hannah Garry
April, 2019

Hannah Garry co-facilitated "#MeToo" at the International Human Rights Clinicians Conference held at the Univeristy of Pennsylvania Law School.

Thomas D. Lyon
April, 2019

Tom Lyon received a one-year $250,000 grant from the California Office of Emergency Services Child Advocacy Center Program for his and his lab's interviewing work in the Los Angeles County Dependency Court.