Ryan is a third-year graduate student simultaneously pursuing a Ph.D. in Sociology and an M.P.P. degree. His research tends to focus on Fiscal & Economic Sociology, Crime, and Inequality. Ryan's past research projects include an examination of punitive punishment cycles in U.S. law and millionaire migration as a response to tax increases, interests informed by his years working at a death penalty appeals firm and pre-grad work in the financial sector. For the Public Policy Graduate Practicum, he and his team are currently conducting an examination of tax credits in California. Meanwhile, Ryan is also working on an investigation of economic growth and religion and researching the creation of fiscal policy as it relates to wealth inequality. Being in the Public Policy Program, and at Stanford in general, allows him to mix his convictions with practical solutions informed by concrete empirical evidence, all the while getting to pass on his love of a well-written paper to his students. Aside from academics, Ryan enjoys working on endless half-finished artistic endeavors, playing farming, attempting to cook delicious meals, and simply being outside.