Ryan Seebruck

Ph.D (2015), Sociology, University of Arizona

Statistician, Department of Homeland Security


I earned my PhD in sociology at the University of Arizona in 2015, where I also received my MA in 2009. I have worked as a statistician for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security since 2014, in connection to a Boren Fellowship.


My research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Fulbright and Boren Foundations, among others. I conducted my dissertation research as a visiting researcher at Shizuoka University, and I previously participated in the JET Program.


My dissertation, "Engineering Equality: The Organization of Education Labor Markets and the Distribution of Teacher Quality in Japan", is a mixed-methods analysis of Japan's

mandatory teacher rotation system. It is both the first in-depth, qualitative account of the system and the first quantitative comparison of its effects.