Thomas C. O'Brien

Lecturer in Law

(spring term)


Thomas O’Brien is a Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School and a Research Scholar at the Justice Collaboratory. He is a social psychologist who studies relations between authorities and communities.

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Education & Curriculum Vitae


Ph.D. (Social Psychology), University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2017

M.S., University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2014

B.A., Washington University in St. Louis, 2009

Courses Taught


  • Theoretical Frameworks of Governance and Criminal Justice Reform

Thomas O’Brien is a Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School and a Research Scholar at the Justice Collaboratory. He is a social psychologist who studies relations between authorities and communities. He has also conducted research on conditions that determine whether activism critical of one’s nation elicits public support or opposition, and psychological factors that influence people’s beliefs about national policies. He received his Ph.D in Psychology and M.S. from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and holds a B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis.