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Sarah Ryan

Empirical Research Librarian

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Sarah Ryan is the Head of Empirical Legal Research Services and a Lecturer in Legal Research at Yale Law School. She teaches Introduction to Empirical Legal Research and Empirical Legal Research and consults on the design of empirical dissertations, substantial papers, and SAWs. 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 (link is external). 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 chapters and articles 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.


"Integrating social science in energy research." (Benjamin Sovacool, Paul C. Stern, et al.) Energy Research & Social Science 6:2 (2015): 95-99 .
Available http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S221462961400139X.
"More than a bunch of old books: Perspectives from rare book school." ((Susan Gaultier, Teresa Miguel-Stearns, Fang Wang)) AALL Spectrum 19:3 (2015): 27-29.
Available http://www.aallnet.org/mm/Publications/spectrum/archives/Vol-19/No-5/rare-book-school.pdf.
"Teaching empirical legal study design: Topics & resources." Perspectives: Teaching Legal Research and Writing 32:2 (2015): 152-157.
"Energy research and the contributions of the social sciences: A contemporary examination." (Chris Hebdon and Joanna Dafoe) Energy Research & Social Science 1:3 (2014): 186-197.
Available http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2214629614000905.
"Navigating the human subjects research review process." AALL Spectrum 18:3 (2014): 30-31.
"Rethinking gender and identity in energy studies." Energy Research & Social Science 1:1 (2014): 96-105 .
Available http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2214629614000127.
"The empirical research law librarian: Making the case...." (Teresa Miguel-Stearns) Trends in Law Library Management and Technology 24:1 (2014): 1-12.
"Children’s malnutrition as a women’s issue; Human rights activism; Novogratz, Jacqueline." (Mary Zeiss Stange & Carol K. Oyster & Jane E. Sloan (eds.)) The Multimedia Encyclopedia of Women in Today's World , Second Edition : (2013).
Available http://knowledge.sagepub.com/view/the-multimedia-encyclopedia-of-women-in-todays-world-2013/SAGE.xml.
"Constrained Activism: National Agendas Versus Local Activities in Non-governmental Organizations Serving Diasporic Women." (with Milena Simoes Murta) Dialogues across Diasporas Women Writers, Scholars, and Activists of Africana and Latina Descent in Conversation : (2013): 237-254.
"Data, Statistics, or Secondary Statistical Analysis: Helping Students Articulate and Acquire the Numbers They're (Really) Seeking." Perspectives: Teaching Legal Research and Writing 22:1 (2013): 30-34.
Available http://info.legalsolutions.thomsonreuters.com/pdf/perspec/2013-fall/2013-fall-5.pdf.
Dialogues across Diasporas Women Writers, Scholars, and Activists of Africana and Latina Descent in Conversation. (with Marion Rohrleitner) Lexington Books, Rowman & Littlefield, 2013.
Available https://rowman.com/ISBN/9780739178041.
"Digging in to Patron Data: What I Learned from the Law School "Facebook"." AALL Spectrum 17:8 (2013): 20-21.
Available http://www.aallnet.org/main-menu/Publications/spectrum/Archives/vol-17/No-8.
"The Challenges of Researching African High Court Opinions: Ten Lessons Learned from a Four-Country Retrievability Survey." Legal Reference Services Quarterly 32:4 (2013): 294-306.
Available http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/0270319X.2013.842823#.UqiWZWiYaQw.
"Assessing Diversity in Public Affairs Curricula: A Multi-Methodological Model for Student-Led Programmatic Self-Study." Journal of Public Affairs Education 18:4 (2012).
Available http://www.naspaa.org/JPAEMessenger/BackIssues.asp.
"Fulfilling the U.S. Obligation to Prevent Exterminationism: A Comprehensive Approach to Regulating Hate Speech and Dismantling Systems of Genocide." Loyola University Chicago Law Journal 43:2 (2012): 317-356.
Available https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Sarah_Ryan9/contributions/?ev=prf_act.
"Heart of a Lion, Mind Full of Pride: The Paradox of Teaching E-E as a Heuristic for Homegrown Change in Rwanda." Journal of Development Communication 22:2 (2011): 1-13.
Available https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Sarah_Ryan9/contributions/?ev=prf_act.
"The Dilemmas of Post-identity Organizing: Unmaking feminist Ties in Southern Rwanda." Women & Language 34:2 (2011): 61-78.
Available https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Sarah_Ryan9/contributions/?ev=prf_act.
"Let’s get them out of the country! Reflecting on the value of international immersion experiences for M.P.A. students." Journal of Public Affairs Education 16:2 (2010): 307-312.
"The matatus take you everywhere: Reflections on the value of international/intercultural communication training from the Rwanda Research Group." Topical Problems of Communication and Culture 11: (2010): 264-279.
"We snuck up on the roof: The widows of Duhozanye rebuild their community. Collaborative Answers to community problems in Save, Rwanda." Social Justice Wisdom Series 1: (2010): 1-8.
Review of Born into brothels: Calcutta’s red light kids; Quinceañera/La Quinceañera. Films for the Feminist Classroom 1:1 (2009).
"Peace-building through good governance and capable statehood ." (with Annie Balocating, Satoshi Ohno, Della Saju, & Jennifer Walker) Peace Review 21:3 (2009): 286-295.
"Reifying binaries: British press coverage of the Bush Administration’s case for war in Iraq." (with Madiha Hashmi) Florida Journal of Communication 39:1 (2009): 40-54.
"Radical pedagogy: Lessons from the 'Africa book' project." Journal of Public Affairs Education 13:4 (2008): 487-498.
"The New York police officer: Democratic and moral accountability in conflict." (with Daniel Williams) Accountability Cases : (2007).
"Arguing toward a more active citizenry: Re-envisioning the introductory civics course via debate-centered pedagogy." Journal of Public Affairs Education 12:3 (2006): 385-396.
"Uncovering the intellectual diversity of modern policy debate; Answering the media’s call for better post-secondary education." (with Benjamin Sovacool) Contemporary Argumentation & Debate 27: (2006): 49-70.
Lessons learned from the Communication pilot course at The Centre of Gender, Culture and Development Studies at The Kigali Institute of Education. Kigali, Rwanda: Embassy of the United States of America, : 1-48.