UofT Law Bio

Dan Ryan, Ph.D. (Yale, sociology), BA (New College, mathematical, physical, and computer sciences) is Professor, CTLA, in the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto. He comes to U of T from the University of Southern California where he was Professor of Teaching of Arts, Technology, and the Business of Innovation (at the Iovine and Young Academy) and Law (by courtesy, at the Gould School of Law). Prior to USC he was at Mills College where he was Professor of Sociology and held the Lokey Chair in Ethics and was founder of the Innovation Lab at Mills. At USC he taught "The Garage Experience" and "Justice Innovation Startup Lab" and co-taught "Legal Design Lab" (with G. Hadfield). He has written on the sociology of information, collaboration in communities of organizations, and time. At the iSchool he teaches "Computational Thinking" and "Human Centred Design." Other areas of teaching interest include mathematical and computer modeling of social processes, geographic information systems, social theory, and innovation.