Professor of Global Affairs & Public Policy and Sociology
Distinguished Professor of Global Justice
University of Toronto

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I am a Professor at the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy and the Department of Sociology at the University of Toronto, where I am Distinguished Professor of Global Justice, and am cross-appointed to Law, Political Science, and Jewish Studies.

I work at the intersection of politics and culture and the sociology of law and justice. I study hopes, claims, ideas, and competitions about legality and justice, generally (though not always) during turbulent, disrupted, violent, or miserable times.

I am actively working on four projects: (1) a comparative historical study of reactions to police violence during the 1950s-1960s; (2) research with recently arrested individuals on their experiences and hopes for police reform; (3) expertise, morality, and bureaucracy in the field of international human rights; and (4) collaborative research on hate and counter-hate speech. I also continue to work on earlier projects focusing on international criminal law and wartime atrocities, and on changing approaches to law, crime, and safety over the neoliberal era.

I also direct the Global Justice Lab in the Munk School, in which we work with justice systems under stress worldwide, as well as the Lab for the Global Study of Antisemitism in the Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies.

Over the past several years, I have taught  courses on events and turbulent times; police violence in global affairs; the sociology of atrocities; law, politics and globalization; justice measurement; and the sociology of law.

I have served in a variety of academic leadership positions at the University of Toronto. This includes serving as Associate Director, Academic for the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy, and have directed undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs. I currently am a faculty representative on Governing Council at the University of Toronto, and among other roles have been Vice-Chair of the Planning and Budget Committee.

Beyond the University of Toronto, I am a Permanent Visiting Professor at the University of Copenhagen, and a faculty affiliate with the Weatherhead Research Cluster on Comparative Inequality and Inclusion at Harvard University. I am currently Chair of the Sociology of Law section of the American Sociological Association, and I have served as Secretary of the Law and Society Association. I was made Chevalier in l'Ordre des Palmes Académiques by the French Government, have been awarded the Ludwik and Estelle Jus Memorial Human Rights Prize and the University of Toronto's Global Educator Award, and have been Scholar-in-Residence for Holocaust Education Week.

Alexander Liberman, Path IV (1952) (WikiArt)