Ron Levi

Professor Ron Levi

Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy and

Department of Sociology, Faculty of Arts & Science

Professor Ron Levi is a Professor at the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy and the Department of Sociology at the University of Toronto, where he is Distinguished Professor of Global Justice, and cross-appointed to the Department of Political Science and the Faculty of Law. He directs the Global Justice Lab in the Munk School, which works with justice systems under stress and strain worldwide. 

Professor Levi works at the intersection of political sociology and the sociology of law and justice. Much of his current research focuses on responses to violence, repression, and atrocities, whether through legal institutions, in collective memory, and across professional groups. In related work he focuses on how legal ideas are promoted across political eras, and how individuals, organizations, and groups grapple with them. He is currently studying police violence events, as well as the relationship between expertise, morality, and bureaucracy in the field of human rights.

Professor Levi has directed undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs at the University of Toronto, currently serves as Associate Director, Academic, for the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy, and previously worked to develop dual degree programs as Director of the Munk School’s global strategy. Over the past several years, Professor Levi has taught courses on events and turbulent times, police violence in global affairs, the sociology of atrocities, and law, politics, and globalization. He recently served as Secretary of the Law & Society Association and made Chevalier in l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques by the French Government.