A USC Gould School of Law faculty member was today awarded a 2017 Andrew Carnegie Fellowship to study the nature and consequences of U.S. immigration detention.
Emily Ryo will investigate what immigration detention teaches non-
citizens about the U.S. legal system, democratic values, and the rule of law,
according to the university.
Ryo Will Investigate The Consequences Of Immigration Detention
“As a researcher, Professor Ryo grapples with some of the most
challenging problems of the 21st century,” said USC President C. L. Max
Nikias, who nominated her for the award.
“I am confident that her future work on immigration enforcement,
detention and democracy will make an even greater contribution to our
understanding of the complex forces underlying compliance with immigration
laws,” he said.
Ryo Will Receive $200,000 To Pursue Her Research
Ryo is the only faculty member at the University of Southern California,
and one of 35 in the United States, to be named a 2017 Carnegie Fellow. The
Carnegie is considered one of the most prestigious and generous fellowships for
researchers in the social sciences and humanities.
The Andrew Carnegie Fellowships provide $200,000 to 35 scholars,
journalists and public intellectuals. The recipients were selected based on the
originality, promise and potential impact of their proposals.
The fellowships “support high-caliber scholarship in the social
sciences and humanities, making it possible for the recipients to devote time
to research and writing that addresses pressing issues and cultural transitions
affecting us at home and abroad,” according to Carnegie Corporation of New
York, which established the Andrew Carnegie Fellows Program.
Ryo said she was “truly honored” to receive the fellowship
“I hope that my work as a Carnegie Fellow will help us to
reconceptualize immigration enforcement as more than just a legal compliance
tool,” she said. “Today, we tend to think of enforcement practices such as
detention simply as a means of forcing people to obey our laws. But every
interaction that a non-citizen has with our immigration system and legal
authorities is an occasion that either engenders trust in our legal system or
breeds legal cynicism, which can have profound implications for our democracy
An empirical legal scholar, Ryo has been published widely in leading
sociology and law journals. According to the Gould School, her studies on
unauthorized migration “have been recognized as paradigm-shifting.”
Most recently, she led the first empirical study of long-term
immigration detention and immigration bond hearings in Southern California.
Ryo graduated from Harvard Law School and holds a doctorate in sociology
from Stanford University. She previously served as a law clerk to a 9th
Circuit Court of Appeals judge and practiced law at an international firm.
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