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Ryan Owens

Director, Professor

College of Letters & Science l Law School

Ryan Owens is the Director of the Tommy G. Thompson Center on Public Leadership, a Professor of Political Science, and Affiliate Faculty in the Law School. 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.


The United States Supreme Court Today: Where We Are, How We Got Here, and Where We Are Headed.

Professor Owens discusses the recent evolution of the United States Supreme Court. How did the modern Court get to where it is today? He will talk about current cases and the sitting justices. He offers comments on where the Court seems to be headed.

The Future of Wisconsin Politics: Good Policy Can Make Good Politics

Professor Owens will hold a conversation about politics today and where the state should head to solve some of its largest problems.