If he’s aware of it, President Donald Trump may not be too enthused about a USC law school faculty member getting a 2017 Andrew Carnegie Fellowship to study the 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.
“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 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 and governance.”
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.
—City News Service
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