Tom R. Tyler

Macklin Fleming Professor of Law & Professor of Psychology

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Tom Tyler is the Macklin Fleming Professor of Law and Professor of Psychology. Prior to joining the Yale Law faculty in 2012, he served as university professor at New York University, where he taught in both the psychology department and the law school. He has also taught at the University of California, Berkeley, and at Northwestern University.

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).

In 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 and in 2011 the Lifetime Achievement Award by the International Society for Justice Research. He holds a BA in psychology from Columbia and an MA and PhD in social psychology from the University of California at Los Angeles.


  • PhD, University of California, Los Angeles, 1978
  • MA, University of California, Los Angeles, 1974
  • BA, Columbia University, 1973