Ryan Goodman

Prof. Ryan Goodman

Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz Professor of Law, New York University School of Law

Ryan Goodman is Professor of Law and Co-Chair of the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice. Prior to moving to NYU, Goodman was the inaugural Rita E. Hauser Professor of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law and Director of the Human Rights Program at Harvard Law School. He received his J.D. from Yale Law School, where he served as an articles editor of the Yale Law Journal. He received a Ph.D. in Sociology from Yale University. After law school, he clerked for Judge Stephen Reinhardt of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He is a member of the Board of Editors of the American Journal of International Law, the Board of Editors of International Theory, and the US Naval War College’s Board of Advisors for International Law Studies. He is a member of the United States Department of State’s Advisory Committee on International Law and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He is also the Co-Editor-in-Chief of the civil liberties and national security blog, Just.Security.org

His book, Socializing States: Promoting Human Rights through International Law (with Derek Jinks) was awarded the American Society of International Law’s 2014 Certificate of Merit for a Preeminent Contribution to Creative Scholarship and has recently been nominated by Oxford University Press for the 2015 Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order.



  • Ph.D. (Sociology), Yale University, 2001
  • J.D., Yale Law School, 1999
  • B.A. (Government and Philosophy), University of Texas at Austin, 1993