Thomas H. Koenig

Professor of Sociology
Core Faculty: Law and Public Policy Ph.D. Program
Ph.D., University of California at Santa Barbara 

Phone: 617-373-3854
Office: 537 Holmes Hall
Email: t.koenig@neu.edu
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Areas of Research/Interest:

• Law and Society
• Economic Sociology
• Social Networks

Thomas Koenig has been a faculty member at Northeastern University since 1977, serving as Chair of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology from 2002 until 2008. In 2008-2009 he was a Fulbright scholar at the University of Belgrade (Serbia) Law School, where he taught and researched about European Internet policies. Professor Koenig has testified before both Houses of Congress and his research has been discussed in the Economist, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Time, U.S. News and World Report, as well as being cited over 2000 times in leading academic publications. He was a Fellow at Harvard University Law School and has served as a visiting professor at Tufts University, Brown University, SUNY at Buffalo and in Hungary’s program on Post-Soviet Change Management. Professor Koenig has supervised more than 50 Ph.D. dissertations and an equal number of Doctorates in Law and Policy. He is currently researching cross-national conflicts over Internet laws and U.S. environmental policies.

Selected Publications

BOOK

Thomas Koenig and Michael Rustad, In Defense of Tort Law, NYU Press; 2001; 345 pp.; paperback edition 2003.

MONOGRAPHS

Michael Rustad and Thomas Koenig, “Punitive Damages in Products Liability: Plaintiff’s Perspective,” Products Liability Practice Guide, Mathew Bender Publications, 1993, 199 pages.

Thomas Koenig, “Punitive Damages in Products Liability: Defense Perspective,” Products Liability Practice Guide, Mathew Bender Publications, 1992, 163 pages.

SELECTED RECENT ARTICLES (Since 2011)

Michael Rustad, Thomas Koenig and Erica Ferreira, “Restorative Justice to Supplement Deterrence-Based Punishment: An Empirical Study of the EPA’s Power Plant Enforcement Initiative, 2000-2011,” Oklahoma Law Review, Forthcoming.

Thomas Koenig and Michael Rustad, “Reconceptualizing the BP Oil Spill as Parens Patriae Products Liability,” Houston Law Review, Vol. 49 #2, Spring 2012 pp. 291-392.

Thomas Koenig, “America’s Ideological Struggle over Tort Reform,” Main Issues of Pedagogy and Psychology, Vol. 2, Fall 2011, pp. 157 – 174.

Michael Rustad and Thomas Koenig, “Reforming Public Interest Tort Law to Address Health & Environmental Catastrophes,” Journal of Heath Care Law & Policy, Vol. 14, #2, Spring 2011, pp. 331- 373.

Thomas Koenig and Michael Rustad, “Deciding Whether the Death Penalty Should be Abolished,” Suffolk University Law Review, Vol. 44, No. 1, Winter 2011, pp. 193-209.

Michael Rustad and Thomas Koenig, “Parens Patriae Litigation to Redress Societal Harm from the BP Oil Spill: The Latest Stage in the Evolution of Crimtorts,” UCLA Journal of Environmental Law & Policy, Vol. 21, #1, Winter 2011, pp. 40-97.

SELECTED HONORS AND AWARDS

2013-Present Roscoe Pound Academic Fellow, Roscoe Pound Foundation (Washington, D.C.).

2008-Present Member Board of Directors, Center for Justice and Democracy (New York Law School).

2008-2009 Fulbright Research and Lecturing Fellow, University of Belgrade Law School.

2007 The concept of blending civil and criminal punishments into “crimtorts,” (first published as Thomas Koenig and Michael Rustad, “’Crimtorts’ as Corporate Just Deserts” in the Michigan Journal of Law Reform was the subject of a two day “Symposium on Crimtorts” held at Widener Law School.

2002-2008 Chair, Department of Sociology and Anthropology.

1995-96 Liberal Arts Fellow in Law and Sociology, Harvard University Law School

2003 My book, In Defense of Tort Law, was selected as the subject of a public debate featuring ABC 20/20 Co-Host John Stossel on March 23, 2004, Sponsored by the Smith Family Foundation.

1995-96 Liberal Arts Fellow in Law and Sociology, Harvard University Law School.

1992-93 Testified before both the Subcommittee on Consumers of the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation of the United States Senate and the Committee on Science, Space and Technology, Subcommittee on Technology and Competitiveness of the U.S. House of Representatives about my empirical research on patterns of punitive damages awards.

MEMBERSHIPS

Eastern Sociological Society
American Sociological Association