Ryan Black

Office: 307 S. Kedzie
Phone: 517-432-9967


Ryan C. Black is Professor of Political Science at Michigan State University and a faculty affiliate with the MSU College of Law. His research focuses on U.S. Supreme Court decision making. He has published two books with Cambridge University Press and one with the University of Michigan Press. He has also published over 50 articles or chapters in a variety of peer-reviewed political science journals (e.g., American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics), peer-reviewed interdisciplinary journals (e.g., Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, Journal of Law and Courts), and law reviews (e.g., Georgetown Law Journal). His work has also been funded by the National Science Foundation.

Black is a recipient of an MSU Lilly Teaching Fellowship (2012-2013), a 2014 winner of MSU’s campus-wide Teacher-Scholar Award, the 2016 winner of the College of Social Science Alumni Association Outstanding Teaching Award, the 2017 winner of MSU’s Honors College Award for Distinguished Contributions to Honors Students, and a winner of the 2018 MSU Alumni Club of Mid-Michigan Quality in Undergraduate Teaching Award. His teaching interests focus on judicial politics, integrative social science, and trying to find ways to incorporate the West Wing into his courses.

He joined MSU in 2009 after receiving his Ph.D. in political science from Washington University in St. Louis earlier that same year. He earned his bachelor’s degree, also in political science, in 2004 from the University of Minnesota. His favorite color is blue and he shares a birthday with Elvis Presley.