Tom R. Tyler

Macklin Fleming Professor of Law and Professor of Psychology


Tom R. Tyler is the Macklin Fleming Professor of Law and Professor of Psychology at Yale Law School. He is also a professor (by courtesy) at the Yale School of Management. Professor Tyler's research explores the role of justice in shaping people's relationships with groups, organizations, communities, and societies.

 

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Contact Information


Yale Law School

P.O. Box 208215

New Haven, CT 06520

Education & Curriculum Vitae


Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles, 1978

M.A., University of California, Los Angeles, 1974

B.A., Columbia University, 1973

Courses Taught


  • Criminal Justice Reform
  • Empirical Research Seminar
  • Social Science and Institutional Design
  • Topics in Law and Psychology

Tom R. Tyler is the Macklin Fleming Professor of Law and Professor of Psychology at Yale Law School. He is also a professor (by courtesy) at the Yale School of Management. He joined the Yale Law faculty in January 2012 as a professor of law and psychology. He was previously a University Professor at New York University, where he taught 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.

Professor Tyler’s research explores the role of justice in shaping people’s relationships with groups, organizations, communities, and societies. In particular, he examines the role of judgments about the justice or injustice of group procedures in shaping legitimacy, compliance, and cooperation. He is the author of several books, including Why People Cooperate (2011); Legitimacy and Criminal Justice (2007); Why People Obey the Law (2006); Trust in the Law (2002); and Cooperation in Groups (2000). He was awarded the Harry Kalven prize for “paradigm shifting scholarship in the study of law and society” by the Law and Society Association in 2000, and in 2012, was honored by the International Society for Justice Research with its Lifetime Achievement Award for innovative research on social justice. 

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.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016


Professors Tyler and Meares to Hold Webinar on Procedural Justice

Professors Tom Tyler and Tracey Meares will present research during a free webinar on “The Importance of Enhancing Procedural Justice in Interactions with Juveniles," on July 27 at 2pm.

Thursday, April 14, 2016


Portal Project to Capture Discourse of Fairness, Justice, Equality

The Justice Collaboratory will join with Shared_Studios and artist Amar Bakshi ’15 to bring Portals, a Global Public Art Initiative, to Newark, New Jersey, and Milwaukee, Wisconsin beginning on April 18 to address issues within the United States criminal justice system.

Friday, March 11, 2016


Training for Police Departments in Procedural Justice

The National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice launched a three-day procedural justice training in its six pilot sites in February 2016.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016


Meares, Tyler, and Goff to Serve on Panel on Proactive Policing

Three members of the Justice Collaboratory—Tracey Meares, Tom Tyler, and Phillip Atiba Goff—were named to serve on the National Academy of Sciences Panel on Proactive Policing.

Thursday, May 7, 2015


Justice Collaboratory Holds Inaugural Conference

The Justice Collaboratory at Yale held its first conference on April 16 & 17 on Policing Post-Ferguson. Vanita Gupta, Acting Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division at the U.S. Department of Justice, delivered the keynote address. 

Thursday, March 12, 2015


The Justice Department Announces the First Six Pilot Sites For the National Effort to Build Trust and Reconciliation

The Justice Collaboratory at Yale Law School is one of the academic institutions that have joined together to form the National Initiative.

Thursday, October 30, 2014


Professor Tyler Co-Authors Study about the Impact of Street Stops on Police Legitimacy

A study by professors at Yale, Columbia, and New York University found that young men’s interactions with police generally negatively influenced their views about police legitimacy.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014


Study Analyzes Impact of Police Stops on Mental Health

A study by professors at Yale and Columbia universities has found a connection between what happens when they interact with the police and increased anxiety and trauma in young men.

Monday, September 22, 2014


YLS Professors Enlisted in Nationwide Initiative to Build Community Trust and Justice

U.S. Department of Justice launches the National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice, which will be funded through a $4.75 million collaborative agreement. The initiative brings together a team of experts, including Yale Law School Professors Tracey Meares and Tom Tyler.

Monday, September 22, 2014


Video Blinds Us to the Evidence, NYU, Yale Study Finds

A new study co-authored by Professor Tom Tyler shows that where people look when watching video evidence varies wildly and has has profound consequences for bias in legal punishment decisions. The study was a collaboration between New York University researchers and Tyler.

Monday, February 24, 2014


Corporate Law Roundtable to take place March 7

Leading corporate lawyers, members of the business and investment communities, public officials, and scholars will gather at Yale Law School on Friday, March 7 for the 15th annual Weil, Gotshal and Manges Rountable. 

Monday, September 23, 2013


Stanley Milgram Library Exhibit, Conference Will Examine his Legacy and Influence on Law and Social Psychology

The Lillian Goldman Law Library will feature a new exhibit on the work of former Yale University social psychologist Stanley Milgram on October 11, 2013.

Thursday, August 1, 2013


Rolling Law Out to the Streets

Yale Law School Professors Tracey Meares and Tom Tyler are working at the forefront of two issues faced by police across the country: reducing gun violence and improving the legitimacy of law enforcement. Both Meares and Tyler are leading the way in using research and cutting-edge theory in law and social science to create strategies to promote crime reduction, procedural justice, and legitimacy of law.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012


Scott Shapiro ’90 Appointed Charles F. Southmayd Professor of Law; Tom Tyler Named Inaugural Macklin Fleming Professor of Law

Scott Shapiro has been named the Charles F. Southmayd Professor of Law at Yale Law School, and Tom Tyler has been named the inaugural Macklin Fleming Professor of Law. 

Monday, November 21, 2011


Tom Tyler Honored for Lifetime Achievement in Justice Scholarship and Research

Tom Tyler, who will join the Yale Law faculty in January 2012 as a Professor of Law, has been honored by the International Society for Justice Research with its 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011


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

Tom Tyler will join the Yale Law School faculty in January 2012 as a Professor of Law.