Student Successes

Ryan Schwier

J.D. from the McKinney School of Law

What degree are you working toward?

I'm currently working toward my J.D. at the IU McKinney School of Law. Having earned my B.A. in history and political science in 2001 at IU Bloomington, I moved to Indianapolis where I completed my M.L.S. in 2004 and my M.A. in public history in 2012.

Why did you choose graduate school at IUPUI?

What sets IUPUI apart, particularly for graduate and professional students like me, is its proximity to state and local government, leading businesses, libraries, archives, and other institutions, providing access to a wealth of resources as well as unique opportunities for internships, partnerships, and civic engagement.

What’s been your favorite academic accomplishment since you’ve been here?

Having been selected by the Midwest Association of Graduate Schools as the recipient of the 2013 Distinguished Master’s Thesis Award. I was invited to present my study, which examines the history of Indian-settler legal relations in Indiana, at the MAGS Annual Conference in Minneapolis this past April.

What do you enjoy most about life in Indianapolis?

What’s not to love about Indy? The cost of living is affordable. The city is full of great restaurants, museums, parks, theatres, and other cultural attractions. We’re home to some of the best professional and amateur sports teams in the U.S. I love the Monon Trail, on which my family and I often ride our bikes. Visiting art galleries and studios downtown on “First Fridays” is always fun.