Ryan Greenwood

  • Associate Law Librarian
  • Curator of Rare Books and Special Collections
N30D Mondale Hall


  • University of Chicago, B.A.
  • University of Toronto, M.A., Ph.D.
  • Rutgers University, M.L.I.S.

Professor Ryan Greenwood specializes in rare books and historical legal research. His areas of interest include legal history, Roman and canon law, Anglo-American law, and the history of international law. As curator of rare books and special collections, he is steward of the Law Library's special collections, including the Pulling Rare Books Collection and Law School Archives.

Professor Greenwood earned a B.A. from the University of Chicago, M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Toronto, and an M.L.I.S. from Rutgers University. He has served in positions with a focus on special collections at Columbia University, Rutgers University and Yale Law School, where he was 2013-14 Rare Book Fellow at the Lillian Goldman Law Library. He is a member of the Minnesota Association of Law Libraries, the American Association of Law Libraries, and the American Society for Legal History.

History of the American Legal Profession and Legal Education


Jewels of the Collection: Treasures of the Riesenfeld Rare Books Research Center (University of Minnesota Law Library, 2023)
Patrick Graybill

Journal Articles

Special Collections in View: Marketing and Outreach as Reference Services, 38 Legal Reference Services Quarterly 102 (2019)
The Just War in Florentine Political Discourse: c.1200-1400, 4 Jus Gentium 351 (2019)
War and Sovereignty in Medieval Roman Law, 32 Law and History Review 31 (2014)

Book Chapters

Another Look at Medieval Natural Rights: Tierney on Rights as Powers in Canon Law, in Proceedings of the Fifteenth International Congress of Medieval Canon Law: Paris, 17-23 July 2016 (Florence Demoulin-Auzary, Nicolas Laurent-Bonne & Franck Roumy, eds., Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, 2022)
Just War and Crusades, in The Cambridge History of Medieval Canon Law (Anders Winroth & John C. Wei, eds., Cambridge University Press, 2022)
Frederick H. Russell

Doctoral Theses

Law and War in Late Medieval Italy: the Jus Commune on War and its Application in Florence, c. 1150-1450 (unpublished Ph.D. dissertation, University of Toronto, Center for Medieval Studies, 2011) 
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