James Ryan

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James E. Ryan is the 11th dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Education. A leading expert on law and education, Ryan has written extensively about the ways in which law structures educational opportunity. He is the co-author of “Educational Policy and the Law” and author of “Five Miles Away, A World Apart,” which was published in 2010 by Oxford University Press. In addition, Ryan has authored articles on constitutional law and theory and has argued before the United States Supreme Court. Previously, Ryan was the Matheson & Morgenthau distinguished professor at the University of Virginia School of Law. He also served as academic associate dean from 2005 to 2009 and founded and directed the school’s program in law and public service. He has received several awards for his scholarship. Ryan has been a visiting professor at Harvard and Yale universities and the University of Auckland. He has also served on numerous education boards and commissions, including the U.S. Department of Education’s Equity and Excellence Commission. Ryan received his bachelor’s degree from Yale University and his law degree from the University of Virginia.