Ayobami Laniyonu

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Assistant Professor
BA (Hons.) (Political Science and Sociology, University of Maryland), MA (Statistics, University of California, Los Angeles), PhD (Political Science, University of California, Los Angeles) 

Tel: 416.946.7442 


I am an Assistant Professor at the Centre for Criminology and Sociolegal Studies at the University of Toronto. Previously, I served as Senior Research Scientist at the Center for Policing Equity in New York City, where I worked with police departments across the United States on empirical analyses designed to identify and correct racial disparities in police contact and use of force.

In past research, I have explored the relationship between gentrification and discriminatory policing practices, the effect of Stop and Frisk policing on voter turnout and candidate choice in New York City, and the political significance of a related type of policing in the United Kingdom, so called “Stop and Search” policing. I am also interested in comparing the attitudes, experiences, and politics of Afro-descendant people across national contexts and have done so here.

Ongoing & Future Research

My research interests include criminal justice reform, urban politics, and statistical methodologies, with a particular emphasis on spatial statistics. I am currently working on a series of projects that explore police use of force against the homeless and individuals with serious mental illness, the effect gentrification on eviction rates in large urban areas, and the effect of police violence on political behavior.

Courses Taught


  • CRI 390H Topics in Criminology and Sociolegal Studies: The Politics of the Criminal Justice System
  • CRI 428H Neighbourhoods and Crime


  • CRI 2010H Methodological Issues in Criminology & Sociolegal Studies


Laniyonu, Ayobami. 2019. “Assessing the Impact of Gentrification on Eviction: A Spatial Modeling Approach.” Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review. 54(2): 741-768.

Laniyonu, Ayobami. 2019. “The Political Consequences of Policing: Evidence from New York City.” Political Behavior41(2): 527-558. DOI: 10.1007/s11109-018-9461-9

Laniyonu, Ayobami. 2018. “Police, Politics, and Demobilization: Exploring Policy Feedback Effects in the United Kingdom.” British Journal of Criminology58(5): 1232-1253. DOI: 10.1093/bjc/azy003 [Supplementary Appendix Materials]

Laniyonu, Ayobami. 2018. “A Comparative Analysis of Black Racial Group Consciousness in the United States and Britain.” Journal of Racial and Ethnic Politics4(1): 117-147 DOI: 10.1017/rep.2018.28

Laniyonu, Ayobami. 2017. “Coffee Shops and Street Stops: Policing Practices in Gentrifying Neighborhoods.” Urban Affairs Review54(5): 898-930. DOI: 10.1177/1078087416689728. Winner of the Law and Society Association’s 2018 Best Graduate Student Paper Prize