Assistant Professor of Political Science; Affiliated Faculty
Office: Room 406 North Hall, Law School
Ph.D., Political Science. Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO, 2008.
M.A., Political Science. Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO, 2005.
J.D., Law. University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, 2001.
B.A., Political Science & History. University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, 1998.
Law and Social Science
Judicial politics, agenda setting, the separation of powers, and American political institutions.
Ryan Owens is a Lyons Family Faculty Scholar, Vilas Associate, and Associate Professor of Political Science. He also enjoys an affiliate status with the law school and is an Honorary Fellow in the Institute for Legal Studies. Owens studies judicial politics and American political
institutions. His work analyzes, among other things, agenda setting on
the United States Supreme Court, strategic behavior on the United States
Courts of Appeals, and unilateral executive behavior. Dr. Owens's work
has appeared in the American Journal of Political Science, Journal of
Politics, Political Research Quarterly, the Georgetown Law Journal, the William & Mary Law
Review, the University of Illinois Law Review, Law & Society Review, and the Journal of Law and Courts.
Owens received grants from the National Science Foundation, the Harvard Provost, the University of Wisconsin Graduate School, the Center for Empirical Research in the Law, the George H.W. Bush Library Foundation, and the Southern Political Science Association. He also received the first undergraduate mentoring award given by the Office of the Provost.
Between 2008 and 2011, Owens was Assistant Professor of Government at Harvard University, where he taught undergraduates and graduate students. He also taught seminars in the law school. From 2003-2008, Owens earned his Ph.D. at Washington University in Saint
Louis. Prior to graduate school, Owens practiced telecommunications law.