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Dr. Ryden began teaching at Hope College in 1994. Previously, he had practiced law in Minnesota, mostly in the area of civil litigation. He earned a B.A . from Concordia College in 1981, a J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1985, and a Ph.D. from The Catholic University of America in 1995. His areas of specialization are religion and politics, American constitutionalism, and parties and elections.
At Hope, Dr. Ryden teaches courses on the courts and law, American government, and elections and campaigns. He also serves as the coordinating pre-law advisor on campus for those who are interested in attending law school or are considering careers in law.
In recent years, Dr. Ryden's research has focused on faith-based initiatives and the role of the U.S. Supreme Court in shaping our electoral processes and institutions. He has published numerous articles and has authored or edited a handful of books. The two most recent are Of Little Faith: The Politics of George W. Bush's Faith-Based Initiatives, and Sanctioning Religion? Politics, Law, and Faith-Based Public Services. He is currently working on book projects about the establishment clause and the perspectives of evangelical Christians on public policy.
Dr. Ryden lives in Holland with his wife, son and two daughters. In
his spare time, he enjoys playing basketball, coaching little league,
and a host
of other kid-centered activities.