Ron Levi is the holder of the George Ignatieff Chair of Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Toronto, where he is an Associate Professor at the Munk School of Global Affairs and the Department of Sociology. He is cross-appointed to the Departments of Political Science and Criminology and Sociolegal Studies. He is also a Permanent Visiting Professor at the University of Copenhagen.
Trained in law and in sociology, Levi's work focuses on how we build community safety and respond to crime and violence in comparative and global perspective. His research includes urban crime prevention and criminal justice strategies, and responses to mass violence, atrocities, and terrorism. His newest empirical projects focus on the sociology of legal and organizational strategies in the fields of international criminal law and human rights, drawing on the sociology of Pierre Bourdieu, and collaborative research that draws together complex puzzles in counter-terrorism with empirical lessons from criminology. He has recently launched a Global Justice Lab in the Munk School, focusing on justice systems under strain. In developing these research agendas, he was a Fellow and Scholar in the Successful Societies program of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research for seven years. In 2014, he was awarded the Ludwik and Estelle Jus Memorial Human Rights Prize.
Professor Levi has served in a range of academic leadership positions at the University of Toronto. He is currently the Deputy Director of the Munk School of Global Affairs, where he also serves as the Director of the professional Master of Global Affairs (MGA) Program. He previously served as Director of the Trudeau Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies and its undergraduate program in Peace, Conflict, and Justice, and as Graduate Coordinator for the MA and PhD programs at the Centre for Criminology and Sociolegal Studies. He also currently serves on the University of Toronto's Academic Board, as Vice-Chair of the Planning and Budget Committee, and as a Chair of the Academic Appeals Committee.
Outside the university, he has now joined the Executive Committee for the Canadian Network on Terrorism, Security, and Society, and earlier served as Canada's Priority Leader for Justice, Policing & Security with the Metropolis Project, and Domain Leader with the Ontario Metropolis Centre.
Professor Levi teaches courses on global violence, international criminal justice and atrocity, criminal law, and the sociology of law, and leads a Genocide Reading Group (GRG). He is a recipient of the UTSU/APUS Undergraduate Teaching Award for Teaching Excellence at the University of Toronto.
Levi attended law school at McGill University, where he was trained in both civil law and common law. After completing his master's degree in law at the University of Toronto, he pursued graduate study in sociology at Northwestern University and completed his doctoral dissertation in law at the University of Toronto, where he was awarded the Alan Marks medal.