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Jim Ryan

Jim is Dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Education, a position he has held since September 2013. For 15 years prior to joining Harvard, Jim was a law professor at the University of Virginia, where he also served for five years as the Academic Associate Dean. Jim has taught courses on constitutional law and Supreme Court litigation (among other subjects), and has received a number of awards for his teaching and his scholarship. Jim was a founding Board member of CAC’s predecessor organization, Community Rights Counsel, and his scholarship has been essential to the development of CAC, particularly with his law journal article Laying Claim to the Constitution: The Promise of New Textualism, which describes CAC’s methodology and which CAC has re-published. Jim is also the author of the book Five Miles Away, A World Apart: One City, Two Schools, and the Story of Educational Opportunity in Modern America, as well as numerous articles for academic journals and other publications. Jim was a member of the U.S. Department of Education’s Equity and Excellence Commission, and also served as Vice Chair of the American Bar Association’s Committee on Public Schools. Jim graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. from Yale in 1988, graduated first in his class from UVA Law School in 1992, and clerked for Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist. A former visiting professor of law at both Harvard and Yale, Jim was also the inaugural Cameron Fellow at the University of Auckland in New Zealand.