Professor of Political Science; Affiliated Faculty

Owens, Ryan

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Telephone: 608-263-2279
Office: Room 214 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 and History. University of Wisconsin, Madison. 1998.

Teaching Areas:
Constitutional Law
Judicial Politics
Law and Social Science

Research Interests:
Judicial politics, agenda setting, the separation of powers, and American political institutions.


Ryan Owens is a Professor of Political Science and Affiliate Faculty in the Law School. He also is an Honorary Fellow in the Institute for Legal Studies. Owens studies law and courts and American political institutions. His work analyzes the United States Supreme Court, the United States Courts of Appeals, legal institutions, and judicial behavior. Professor 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, and the George H.W. Bush Library Foundation. 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 and 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 law.

Professor Owens grew up in Kronenwetter, Wisconsin. He is co-owner of the Green Bay Packers, along with roughly 360,760 others.

Select Media:

-The Hill. June 28, 2019. "To Protect Liberty, the Supreme Court Must Apply the Non-Delegation Doctrine."

-CNN. May 29, 2019. "The Supreme Court has overturned more than 200 of its own decisions. Here's what it could mean for Roe v. Wade."

-Capital City Sunday. July 13, 2018. Discussion of Brett Kavanaugh.

-Weekly Standard. July 6, 2018. "Study: Americans Tend to Prefer an Originalist for SCOTUS."

-Weekly Standard. June 27, 2018. "Now It Really Is the Roberts Court."

-Fox 47. June 27, 2018. "How does the Supreme Court ruling on collective bargaining affect Wisconsin?"

-The National Review. June 4, 2018. "The Wisconsin Supreme Court Can Restore the Separation of Powers and Lead the Nation Forward."

-Washington Examiner. July 14, 2017. "What is the Blue Slip, and Should it be Reformed?"

-Wisconsin State Journal. March 12, 2017. "The Supreme Court Case Few People Are Talking About--But Should Be."

-Washington Examiner. February 20, 2017. "It's time to fix the Supreme Court nomination process