Board of Directors: Ryan Rowberry

Ryan Rowberry is an Associate Professor and Associate Director for the Center for the Comparative Study of Metropolitan Growth at the Georgia State University College of Law in Atlanta, Georgia. He teaches Property Law, Natural Resources Law, and Anglo-American Legal History. Professor Rowberry researches issues related to cultural heritage and historic preservation law.  Most recently, Professor Rowberry co-authored Historic Preservation Law in a Nutshell, a groundbreaking book that provides the first in-depth summary of historic preservation law within its local, state, tribal, federal, and international contexts. 

Following graduation from Harvard Law School, Professor Rowberry practiced environmental and natural resources law at Hogan Lovells (Washington DC), where he helped form the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail—the only national historic water trail in the United States.  He also served as a United States Supreme Court Fellow, during which he collaborated with foreign judges and academics from over 73 countries on a variety of judicial independence and rule-of-law matters.

Before focusing on law, Professor Rowberry 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, lectured in English and History at Peking University in Beijing, China, and attended Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar studying medieval British history.



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