Emily Ryo

Assistant Professor of Law and SociologyUSC Gould School of Law

Emily Ryo
699 Exposition Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90089-0074 USA Room: 406
Personal Website: http://works.bepress.com/eryo

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last updated Mon, Sep 22, 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).

Articles and Book Chapters

  • “Less Enforcement, More Compliance: Rethinking Unauthorized Migration,” UCLA Law Review (forthcoming March 2015)
  • "Deciding to Cross: The Norms and Economics of Unauthorized Migration," 78 American Sociological Review 574 (2013).
  • "Poverty Alleviation through Public Works," in Rebuild America: Solving the Economic Crisis through Civic Works (Scott Myers-Lipston ed., 2009).
  • "The Lost Sanctuary: Examining Sex Trafficking through the Lens of United Status v. Ah Sou," 41 Cornell International Law Journal 739 (2008) (with McKeown, M.) . - (Hein)
  • "Culture of Poverty," in Encyclopedia of Race, Ethnicity, and Society (Richard T. Schaefer ed., 2008).
  • "Organizational Diversity, Validity, and Outcomes in the Civil Rights Movement,"  85 Social Forces 1561 (2007) (with Olzak, S.).
  • "Through the Back Door: Applying Theories of Legal Compliance to Illegal Immigration During the Chinese Exclusion Era," 31 Law and Social Inquiry 109 (2006) (Best Graduate Student Paper Prize, 2005).
  • "Did Katrina Recalibrate Attitudes Towards Poverty and Inequality?: A Test of the 'Dirty Little Secret' Hypothesis,"  3 Du Bois Review 59 (2006) (with Grusky, D.).
  • "Elusive Citizenship: Immigration, Asian Americans, and the Paradox of Civil Rights," 2 Law, Culture and Humanities 472 (2006) (book review).