Ryan Black

Ryan  Black
  • Professor
  • American Politics
  • Department of Political Science
  • MSU College of Law
  • 307 S. Kedzie Hall
  • 368 Farm Lane
  • East Lansing MI 48823
  • 517-432-9967


Ryan Black


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 four scholarly books with top university presses as well as more than 50 articles or chapters in over two dozen different academic journals. He is the co-principal investigator on Project SCOTUSNotes, a National Science Foundation funded academic crowdsourcing project to transcribe archival documents from the Supreme Court’s most secretive meetings. Visit Project SCOTUSNotes to learn more.

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, a winner of the 2018 MSU Alumni Club of Mid-Michigan Quality in Undergraduate Teaching Award, the 2019 winner of the President’s Distinguished Teaching Award, and the 2019 winner of the Graduate School Outstanding Faculty Mentor 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. Outside of work, he enjoys playing squash, reading, scuba diving, and building LEGO. His favorite color is blue and he shares a birthday with Elvis Presley.


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