Elisabeth Ryan

In her role as the Center for Health Policy and Law’s Legal Fellow, Elisabeth Ryan oversees the Public Health Law Watch (PHLW), housed here in Northeastern University School of Law. In that capacity, Elisabeth liaises between the NUSL team and members of the PHLW network, who represent academic institutions and public health organizations from around the United States. Elisabeth curates and writes content for the blog, generates written work from network and guest bloggers, performs additional research needed to support the blog and its associated work. She also seeks opportunities for the network and affiliated partners to actualize academic scholarship and influence policy-making, from drumming up support for amicus briefs, mobilizing the network for letters to elected leaders and policy-makers, and supporting potential and ongoing legal work on public health related issues.

Prior to joining the Center for Health Policy and Law, Elisabeth spent several years as the Deputy General Counsel of the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security, where she worked on a broad range of statewide topics including firearms regulation, sentencing reform, law enforcement training standards, and electronic weapons monitoring. She has authored numerous Massachusetts statutes and regulations. She has also practiced as a public defender with the Massachusetts Committee for Public Counsel Services and as a legal aid lawyer with the Boston College Legal Assistance Bureau.

Elisabeth’s primary research areas focus on the intersection of criminal justice/public safety and public health, particularly in bringing the public health perspective on firearms violence into the political and government world. At Northeastern, Elisabeth teaches a seminar on legal blogging for health. She also teaches classes in legal writing, firearms law, and the First Amendment at Harvard Extension School.

Elisabeth earned an MPH in Health Policy from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, a JD from Boston College Law School, and a BA from Columbia University.

Email: el.ryan@northeastern.edu