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Ryon Lancaster

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Faculty Fellow

Joint appointment

Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Chicago


Ph.D., Sociology, Northwestern University


Ryon Lancaster is a Faculty Fellow at the American Bar Foundation and an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Chicago. His main project is a study of the processes by which the…

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Research focus

Organizational sociology, sociology of law, economic sociology, and historical sociology.


Employment Discrimination Litigation
Latest finding: Dec 12, 2012, with Robert L. Nelson, Laura Beth Nielsen, John Donohue III, Peter Siegelman
At the center of current debates about the role of anti-discrimination law in American society is the system of discrimination litigation. Despite the sheer magnitude of changes in employment…
Corporate Purchasing of Legal Services
Latest finding: Feb 11, 2008
This project, which is a collaborative effort with the Program on the Legal Profession at Harvard Law School, examines the processes by which large corporations, and in particular the general…

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"Individual Justice or Collective Legal Mobilization? Employment Discrimination Litigation in the Post-Civil Rights United States"
Journal of Empirical Legal Studies
"Contesting Workplace Discrimination in Courts: Characteristics and Outcomes of Federal Employment Discrimination in Courts 1987-2003"
“Your Client Relationships and Reputation: Weighing the Worth of Social Ties: Embeddedness and the Price of Legal Services in the Large Law Firm”
Oxford University Press

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Individualized Justice: Litigating Claims of Employment Discrimination in the Post-Civil Rights United States
Nov 2008 Robert L. Nelson, Laura Beth Nielsen
Monks, Lawyers, and All the King’s Men
Apr 2007
Institutional Rupture and Local Action: Explaining the Emergence of Church Bureaucracy in Medieval England
Aug 2006

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Professional Service & Recognition

  • Winner (with B. Uzzi), Richard C. Scott Award for Best Article, Section on Organizations, Occupations, and Work, American Sociological Association, 200