Dr Ryan Thoreson


Dr. Ryan Thoreson’s research examines how activists and social movements shape human rights law and practice through their advocacy. His work has focused on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender rights, both transnationally and in the Philippines, South Africa, and the United States, as well as international law, antidiscrimination law, sexual and reproductive rights, children’s rights, and legal anthropology.

Prior to joining the faculty at HKU, Dr. Thoreson was a clinical fellow in the Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic at Yale Law School and a researcher in the LGBT Rights Program at Human Rights Watch. He is the author of Transnational LGBT Activism: Working for Sexual Rights Worldwide (2014). He clerked for the Honorable Scott M. Matheson of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, and is a member of the New York State Bar.

Dr. Thoreson holds a JD from Yale Law School, a DPhil in anthropology from Oxford University, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar, and a BA in government and studies of women, gender, and sexuality from Harvard University.