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Ryan Rowberry

Associate Professor    

J. D., Harvard Law School Cambridge, MA, USA
M.St., Oxford University Oxford, UK
M.Sc., Oxford University Oxford, UK
B.A.. Brigham Young University Provo, UT, USA (summa cum laude)


Ryan Rowberry, associate professor of law, is the associate director for the Center for the Comparative Study of Metropolitan Growth. He teaches Property Law, Natural Resources Law, Environmental Law, and Anglo-American Legal History. Rowberry’s research concentrates on legal issues involving historic resources.

Rowberry also examines aspects of the medieval common law judiciary. His articles have appeared in numerous international and domestic law journals. He also co-wrote Historic Preservation Law in a Nutshell with Professor Sara Bronin. This groundbreaking book provides the first in-depth summary of historic preservation law within its local, state, tribal, federal and international contexts.

Rowberry graduated from Harvard Law School, where he was an Islamic Legal Studies Fellow, a Cravath International Fellow, and he received the Irving Oberman Award in Legal History. Following graduation, he practiced environmental and natural resources law at Hogan Lovells in Washington, D.C. Before joining the College of Law, Rowberry was a U.S. Supreme Court Fellow, during which he collaborated with foreign judges and academics on judicial independence and rule-of-law matters.

Before attending law school, Rowberry worked as a historian and an educator. He transcribed and collated all extant medieval manuscripts for three of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. He also taught seventh grade at a charter school and lectured in English and History at Peking University in Beijing, China. He holds a B.A. in English from Brigham Young University and was selected as a Rhodes Scholar.  At Oxford University, he earned a M.S. in comparative education policy and a M.St. in medieval British history.

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