Dr. Ayobami Laniyonu is a highly accomplished academic with expertise in criminal justice reform, urban politics, and spatial statistics. For the next two years, Dr. Laniyonu will collaborate with TMI researchers, LDF’s Justice in Public Safety Project, and community organizers to provide the public and policymakers with recommendations for alternatives to policing.
Dr. Laniyonu previously served as a Senior Research Scientist at the Center for Policing Equity in New York City, where he worked with TMI Senior Research Fellow Emeritus Professor Phillip Atiba Goff. Dr. Laniyonu has also worked with police departments across the United States to identify and correct racial disparities in police encounters and the use of force by members of the police. Over the years, Dr. Laniyonu has been a Doctoral Fellow at the American Bar Association and a National Science Post-Doctoral Fellow at John Jay College.
Dr. Laniyonu holds a Ph.D. and MA from the University of California and a BA from the University of Maryland. He currently serves as an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto’s Centre for Criminology and Sociolegal Studies.