Michael Tonry

Director, Criminal Justice Policy Program

Michael Tonry is the McKnight Presidential Professor in Criminal Law and Policy at the University of Minnesota. He joined the Law School in 1990 and is one of the world’s leading experts on crime and public policy. Tonry teaches courses in criminal law, jurisprudence, and comparative law. In 1990, he was named the Marvin J. Sonosky Chair of Law and Public Policy. From 1999 to 2004 he was also Professor of Law and Public Policy and director of The Institute of Criminology at Cambridge University. Since 2001, he has been a visiting professor at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland. He has also been a senior fellow of The Netherlands Institute for the Study of Crime and Law Enforcement, Leiden, since 2003.  He is the Director of the Robina Institutes Criminal Justice Policy Program Area.

Michael Tonry in the News

New Publication: Sentencing Fragments by Prof. Michael Tonry  
Posted Date: January 25, 2016
Oxford University Press has just published a new book by University of Minnesota Law Professor Michael Tonry, Sentencing Fragments: Penal Reform in America, 1975-2025. As described on the Oxford University Press...
Robina Co-Director Richard Frase and UMN Law Prof. Michael Tonry Cited in Atlantic Article “The Black Family in the Age of Mass Incarceration” by Ta-Nehisi Coates   Sentencing Law Policy
Posted Date: September 24, 2015
The Atlantic recently published “The Black Family in the Age of Mass Incarceration” (October 2015) by Ta-Nehisi Coates. In his article Coates cites Robina Co-Director Professor Richard Frase’s 2009 research...