Professor Ryan received her A.B., magna cum laude, in Chemistry from Harvard University in 2002. In 2005, she earned a J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of Minnesota Law School, where she was a member of the Order of the Coif and received the American Law Institute-American Bar Association Scholarship and Leadership Award. She was also a member of both the Minnesota Law Review and the Minnesota Journal of Global Trade.
After graduation, Professor Ryan clerked for the Honorable Roger L. Wollman of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. She also worked as an associate in the trial group at the Minneapolis-based law firm of Dorsey & Whitney LLP, where she focused her practice on commercial and intellectual property litigation, as well as on white collar defense and compliance. Additionally, Professor Ryan has conducted research in the areas of bioinorganic chemistry, molecular biology, and experimental therapeutics at the Mayo Clinic and the University of Minnesota. Prior to joining the SMU faculty, Professor Ryan was a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota Law School, where she taught Criminal Law, Criminal Process, and Sales.
Science and the New Rehabilitation (work in progress).
Juries and the Criminal Constitution, 65 Ala. L. Rev. __ (forthcoming 2014).
Finality and Rehabilitation, 3 Wake Forest J.L. & Pol’y __ (forthcoming 2014) (invited symposium contribution)
Death and Rehabilitation, 46 U.C. Davis L. Rev. 1231 (2013).
The Missing Jury: The Neglected Role of Juries in Eighth Amendment Punishments Clause Determinations, 64 Fla. L. Rev. 549 (2012).
Proximate Retribution, 48 Hous. L. Rev. 1049 (2012).
Remedying Wrongful Execution, 45 U. Mich. J.L. Reform 261 (2012).
Judging Cruelty, 44 U.C. Davis L. Rev. 81 (2010).
Does the Eighth Amendment Punishments Clause Prohibit Only Punishments That Are Both Cruel and Unusual?, 87 Wash. U. L. Rev. 567 (2010).
Does Stare Decisis Apply in the Eighth Amendment Death Penalty Context?, 85 N.C. L. Rev. 847 (2007).
Can the IRS Silence Religious Organizations?, 40 Ind. L. Rev. 73 (2007).
Role of Carboxylate Bridges in Modulating Nonheme Diiron(II)O2 Reactivity, 42 Inorganic Chemistry 7519 (2003) (with Miquel Costas, et al.).