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Tom Tyler to Join Law School Faculty in January as Professor of Law

Tom Tyler, a Senior Research Scholar at Yale Law School, will join the Yale Law faculty in January 2012 as a Professor of Law. He is currently a University Professor at New York University, where he teaches in both the psychology department and the Law School. Prior to joining NYU in 1997, he taught at the University of California, Berkeley, and at Northwestern University. He will be on leave during the spring 2012 term and begin teaching at Yale Law School in fall 2012.

“Tom is the world’s greatest expert on the social psychology of law,” said Yale Law School Dean Robert Post ’77. “He studies the procedures and processes by which legal legitimacy is produced. He brings a welcome expertise to our community.”

Professor Tyler’s research and teaching has focused on social psychology and the psychology of procedural justice—the fairness of group rules and processes, and the motivations that lead people to cooperate when they are within groups. Among his many publications are the books, “Why People Cooperate” (2011), “Psychology and the Design of Legal Institutions” (2007), “Why People Obey the Law” (2006), and “Trust in the Law: Encouraging Public Cooperation with the Police and Courts” (2002). He was awarded the Kalven prize for “paradigm shifting scholarship in the study of law and society” by the Law and Society Association in 2000.

He holds a B.A. in psychology from Columbia and an M.A. and Ph.D. in social psychology from the University of California at Los Angeles.