Professor Nantiya Ruan joined Boyd Law as a Professor of Law in the Fall of 2023. Professor Ruan is bringing her considerable strengths in teaching legal writing to Boyd’s top-ranked Lawyering Process program; she will also teach courses related to her other areas of expertise in workplace law and homeless advocacy.
Professor Ruan’s research and scholarship explores low-wage work, collective action, poverty and homelessness, and social justice teaching. Her scholarship has appeared or will appear in, among other publications, the Georgetown Journal on Poverty Law & Policy, the Harvard Civil Rights – Civil Liberties Law Review, the Brooklyn Law Review, the ABA Journal of Labor & Employment Law, the Clinical Law Review, the Villanova Law Review, the Vanderbilt Law Review, and the Marquette Law Review.
Professor Ruan graduated from Denver University with dual J.D. & M.S.W. degrees and clerked in the U.S. District Court in S.D.N.Y. She has represented plaintiffs in discrimination, pay equity, and wage and hour class actions. She is a dedicated advocate for workers and indigent clients. The legal writing community recently awarded her the Terri LeClercq Courage Award (LWI) and the Inaugural Diversity Award (ALWD).