Tom Miles is the dean of the University of Chicago Law School. He is a leading scholar of criminal justice and judicial behavior and an expert in a wide range of contemporary issues such as race and immigration enforcement. He has been widely published in economics and legal journals, with extensive expertise on such varied topics as judicial diversity, immigration, mail fraud, wiretapping, and now as dean, legal education. His work makes creative use of the tools of law and economics—an approach that originated at the Law School. Much of his work also employs statistical methods to study legal questions from a quantitative perspective.
Miles has taught a wide variety of courses at the Law School including securities regulation, federal criminal law, economic analysis of law, and empirical law & economics, as well as first-year criminal law and tort law. He has clerked for the Hon. Jay S. Bybee of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. From 2005 to 2013, Miles was an editor of the Journal of Legal Studies.