Dean of the University of Chicago Law School: 2015-present


Thomas J. Miles, an economist and legal scholar, is an expert in criminal justice and judicial behavior. He often explores issues of race through a variety of legal perspectives as well as subjects such as immigration enforcement, mail fraud, and wiretapping. His scholarship draws on the methods of law and economics to explore pressing social issues, such as how judicial diversity affects case outcomes.

Miles has published widely in legal and economic journals and co-edited the textbook Economics of Criminal Law with Steven D. Levitt in 2008. Miles served as co-editor of the Journal of Legal Studies from 2005-2013. He also served as an advisor to the National Opinion Research Center on behalf of the US Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics.

At the Law School, he has taught courses on criminal law, economic analysis of law, empirical law and economics, tort law, and securities regulation. Miles was awarded the Graduating Students Award for Teaching Excellence in 2009.