Tom Tyler

Former Fellow, 2004-2005

Home Institution, New York University

LAPA Fellow, 2004-2005

LAPA Fellow

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Tom R. Tyler is a University Professor at New York University. He teaches in the Psychology Department and the Law School. He earned his B.A. in Psychology from Columbia University and his Ph.D. in Social Psychology from UCLA.

His research focuses on the dynamics of authority in legal, managerial, and political settings. In particular, he studies the role of judgments about the justice of procedures in shaping people's reactions to rules and decisions made by authorities. His books include: The Social Psychology of Procedural Justice (1988); Why People Obey the Law (1990, 2006); Trust in Organizations (Co-edited, 1996); Social Justice in a Diverse Society (1997); Cooperation in Groups (2000); Cooperation in Modern Society (Co-edited, 2000); Social Influences on Ethical Behavior in Organizations (Co-edited, 2001); Trust in the Law (2002); and Psychology and the Design of Legal Institutions (2007).

While at Princeton he completed three projects.  First, he wrote a new afterword for his book Why People Obey the Law, which was reissued by Princeton University Press in 2006.  Second, he wrote a chapter on legitimacy and legitimation for the Annual Review of Psychology (2006).   Finally, he wrote the first draft of a book which is now being published by Princeton University Press.  That book is titled Why People Cooperate: The Role of Social Motivations (2011).


Tyler, T.R. & Huo, Y.J. (2002). Trust in the law: Encouraging public cooperation with the police and courts. N.Y.: Russell-Sage Foundation.

Tyler, T.R. (2006). "Legitimacy and legitimation." Annual Review of Psychology, 57, 375-400.

Tyler, T.R. (2006). Why people obey the law: Procedural justice, legitimacy, and compliance. Princeton: Princeton University Press.

Tyler. T.R. (2007).  Psychology and the design of legal institutions.  Nijmegen, the Netherlands:  Wolf Legal Publishers.

Tyler, T.R., Callahan, P. & Frost, J. (2007). Armed, and dangerous(?):  Can self-regulatory approaches shape rule adherence among agents of social control.  Law and Society Review, 41 (2), 457-492.

Tyler, T.R., Braga, A., Fagan, J., Meares, T., Sampson, R., and Winship, C.  (Edited, 2007).  Legitimacy and Criminal Justice: International perspectives.  N.Y.: Russell-Sage Foundation.

Tyler, T.R. & Fagan, J. (2008).  Why do people cooperate with the police?  Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law, 6, 231-275.

Tyler, T.R. (2009).  Legitimacy and criminal justice: The benefits of self-regulation.  Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law, 7, 307-359. 

Tyler, T.R., Schulhofer, S. & Huq, A. (2010).  Legitimacy and deterrence effects in counter-terrorism policing: A study of Muslim Americans.  Law and Society Review, 44, 365-401.

Tyler, T.R. (2011).  Why people cooperate: The role of social motivations.  Princeton: Princeton University Press.