Dr. Sarah Ryan is the Head of Empirical Legal Research Services and a Lecturer in Legal Research at Yale Law School. She teaches Advanced Legal Research, Introduction to Empirical Legal Research and Empirical Legal Research, oversees library research services for the PhD in Law program, and consults on the design of empirical dissertations, substantial papers, and research studies. Sarah also serves on the Yale Faculty Council on African Studies and on the Yale University Human Subjects Committee (I.R.B., 2015-2016).
Sarah’s main areas of interest are research study design, empirical legal studies, and diaspora and genocide studies. She is the Associate Editor of the peer-reviewed journal Energy Research & Social Science and a peer reviewer for the Fulbright Specialist program. In 2013, she co-edited Dialogues across Diasporas: Women Writers, Scholars, and Activists of Africana and Latina Descent in Conversation, with Marion Rohrleitner (Lexington Books/Rowman & Littlefield). She has published nearly 40 articles and chapters in venues such as Loyola University Chicago Law Journal, Journal of Development Communication, Energy Research & Social Science, Women & Language, Peace Review, Contemporary Argumentation & Debate, Trends in Law Library Management and Technology, LRSQ, Perspectives, Spectrum, Review of Communication, Journal of Public Affairs Education, The Multimedia Encyclopedia of Women in Today’s World, Encyclopedia of Undocumented Immigrants, and Films for the Feminist Classroom, as well as reports and working papers for organizations such as the Connecticut Bar Association, Center for Nonprofit Strategy and Management at the City University of New York, the Social Justice Initiative of the University of Texas at El Paso, and the U.S. Embassy in Kigali, Rwanda.
From 2001-2004, she served as Director of the Bronx Defenders Debate Initiative, an after-school program serving high school students at Title I schools in Harlem and the Bronx. Sarah was Assistant Professor in the School of Public Affairs (2006-2009) and Interim Director of Women’s Studies (2008-2009) at Baruch College (City University of New York); and Assistant Professor, Research Fellow, and Faculty Coordinator of the Social Change Communication master’s program for the Philippines at the University of Texas at El Paso (2009-2012).
Sarah graduated from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio (BA in Organizational Communication and Spanish, summa cum laude), Ohio University (MA in Interpersonal Communication, Grad. Cert. in Women’s Studies, PhD in Rhetoric, secondary concentration in Political Science), and Texas Woman’s University (Master of Library Science). Currently, she is a Dean’s Fellow and JD candidate at Quinnipiac University School of Law, and a 2L member of the Quinnipiac Probate Law Journal.