Ryan Rowberry

Atlanta, Georgia

Ryan Rowberry, a principal at the Heritas Group, is a law professor, author, and historian with expertise in historic and natural resource preservation and metropolitan growth.

Ryan is Assistant Professor at the Georgia State University College of Law located in Atlanta, Georgia. In addition to teaching Property Law, Natural Resources Law, Environmental Law, and Anglo-American Legal History, he serves as the Associate Director for the Center for the Comparative Study of Metropolitan Growth—an organization dedicated to advancing interdisciplinary dialogue and research on urban growth and management issues. Ryan’s research concentrates on historic preservation and cultural heritage issues. He recently coauthored a book—Historic Preservation Law in a Nutshell—which provides the first in-depth summary of U.S. laws governing the protection of historic resources within their local, state, tribal, federal, and international contexts. The volume will be published in Summer 2014 by West Academic. Ryan’s secondary research interests revolve around issues related to the Common Law judiciary in medieval England.

Ryan graduated from Harvard Law School, where he was an Islamic Legal Studies Fellow, a Cravath International Fellow, and received the Irving Oberman Award in Legal History. Following graduation, he practiced environmental and natural resources law at Hogan Lovells in Washington, DC for several years. And in 2010, Ryan was a Fellow at the United States Supreme Court, during which he collaborated with foreign judges, lawyers, and academics from over 97 countries on judicial independence and rule-of-law matters.

Before attending law school, Ryan worked as a historian and an educator. He transcribed and collated all extant medieval manuscripts for three of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. He also taught 7th grade at a charter school and lectured in English and History at Peking University in Beijing, China. He holds a B.A. in English from Brigham Young University and was selected as a Rhodes Scholar. At Oxford University he earned a M.Sc. in Comparative Education Policy and a M.St. in Medieval British History.


Three fun facts about Ryan:

Ryan played high school basketball against Chauncy Billups, later named 2004 NBA Finals MVP. Ryan did get one steal, so he’ll always have that.
Ryan served as Question Master for China’s National English Speaking competition, viewed by an estimated 400 million people.
Ryan got his ping pong skills by playing African, Russian, and Laotion political refugees in German safe-houses.