Ryan Black

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), the 2014 winner of MSU’s campus-wide Teacher-Scholar Award, the 2016 winner of the College of Social Science Alumni Association Outstanding Teaching Award, and the 2017 winner of MSU’s Honors College Award for Distinguished Contributions to Honors Students. His teaching interests focus on judicial politics.

He joined MSU in 2009 after receiving his Ph.D. in political science from Washington University in St. Louis. His bachelor’s degree, also in political science, is from the University of Minnesota.