Ron Levi is Professor at the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy and the Department of Sociology, and is Distinguished Professor of Global Justice. He holds courtesy cross-appointments with the Department of Political Science and the Faculty of Law, and is a Permanent Visiting Professor at the University of Copenhagen.
Professor Levi works at the intersection of the sociology of law, politics and culture. His work focuses on responses to crime, violence and repression, on law and globalization, and on people’s everyday expectations and aspirations for justice. He also directs the Global Justice Lab in the Munk School, which focuses on justice systems under stress. Professor Levi has recently taught courses on events and turbulent times; police violence in global affairs; justice measurement; the sociology of atrocities; and law, politics and globalization.
Professor Levi has served in a range of academic leadership positions at the University of Toronto, including directing undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs, directing the Trudeau Centre for Peace & Conflict Studies, and most recently as Associate Director, Academic, of the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy. He has served as Secretary of the Law & Society Association, and is now Chair-Elect of the Sociology of Law section of the American Sociological Association. Professor Levi has received U of T’s Global Educator Award and the Ludwik and Estelle Jus Memorial Human Rights Prize, and in 2017 was made Chevalier de l'Ordre des Palmes Académiques by the French government.
Professor Levi was appointed Special Advisor on International Graduate Partnerships effective July 1, 2022. As Special Advisor, he will assess and make recommendations to ensure the Faculty makes significant strides in the international graduate partnerships sphere. In this role, he will leverage existing international partnerships, with an eye to new partnerships, new joint graduate programs, outbound graduate student placements, and other graduate student experiences.