Black, Ryan

Ryan C. Black is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at Michigan State University. He joined MSU in 2009 after receiving his Ph.D. from Washington University in St. Louis. Ryan's primary research interests center on the U.S. Supreme Court, where he examines the justices’ decision-making at various stages during the review of a case. Thematically, his work is interested in looking at how justices pursue their policy preferences in the face of multiple institutional constraints. The majority of Ryan's research addresses three aspects of the decision-making process: agenda setting, the role of the Solicitor General, and oral arguments. Beyond the Supreme Court, he has a secondary interest that also focuses on institutions and institutional rules: the political dynamics between the president and Senate during the nomination and confirmation process. Ryan's work has been published by a variety of university presses, journals, and law reviews (see here for a full listing of his published work).


American Politics

Research Specializations

Political Institutions, Judicial Politics

Recent Publications

Black, Ryan
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