My name is Ryan Black (at center in picture) and I am an associate professor in the political science department at Michigan State University.

I study and teach about the judiciary, with a particular emphasis on the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. Courts of Appeals.

My research has been published or is forthcoming in a variety of peer-reviewed university presses, journals, and law reviews. It has also been funded by the National Science Foundation.

Outside of work, I enjoy baseball (of the Minnesota Twins variety), reading, traveling, SCUBA diving, and my two beagle mixes, Bailey (at left in picture) and Hunter (at right in picture).