B.A. University of Chicago
Ph.D. Northwestern University, 2005
Ryon Lancaster's main project is a study of the processes by which the Medieval Catholic Church in England became a bureaucratic organization over the course of the 12th century. He is also beginning a study of the social determinants of monastery foundings in England prior to the Protestant Reformation.
Additionally, Lancaster is working on two projects that explore the intersection of law and organizations in the modern US. One project explores the changing economic behavior and organizational structures of large US law firms. The second project is affiliated with the American Bar Foundation and explores how the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission processes employment discrimination cases, and how they filter cases into the federal courts.
Lancaster's primary research and teaching interests are in organizational sociology, sociology of law, economic sociology, and historical sociology.
"Do Rankings Matter? The Effects of U.S. News and World Report Rankings on the Admissions Process of Law Schools," (with Michael Sauder). In Law and Society Review 40(1): 105-134, 2006.
"Weighing the Worth of Social Ties," (with Brian Uzzi and Shannon Dunlap). InManaging Law Firms, eds. Laura Empson and Stuart Popham. Oxford University Press (forthcoming).
"Embeddedness and Price Formation in Corporate Law Markets," American Sociological Review, 2004.
"Relational Embeddedness and Learning: The Case of Bank Loan Managers and Their Clients," Management Science, 2003.