Professor of Sociology
Ph.D., 1979, Sociology
University of California, Santa Barbara
946 Renaissance Park
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
Resume / CV
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, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Time, U.S. News and World Report, as well as being cited over 2,000 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 PhD 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.
- Thomas Koenig and Michael Rustad, In Defense of Tort Law, NYU Press; 2001; 345 pp.; paperback edition 2003.
- 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 2013)
- Michael Rustad, Wenzhuo Liu, and Thomas Koenig, “Destined to Collide? Social Media Contracts in the U.S. and China” University of Pennsylvania Journal of International Law, Forthcoming, Fall 2016.
- Thomas Koenig and Michael Rustad, “Digital Scarlett Letters: Social Media Stigmatization of the Poor & What Can Be Done,” Nebraska Law Review, Vol. 93 No. 3, Winter 2015, pp. 592-635.
- Michael Rustad & Thomas H. Koenig, “Social Media Services” Chapter 11A, Internet Issues and Transactions in Michael L. Rustad, Computer Contracts (New York, New York: Matthew Bender and Co. 2015) (available on LEXIS/NEXIS in Secondary Sources Library).
- Thomas Koenig and Michael Rustad, “Fundamentally Unfair: An Empirical Analysis of Social Media Arbitration Clauses” Case Western Law Review, Vol. 65 No. 2, Winter 2014 pp. 341-411.
- Michael Rustad and Thomas Koenig, “The Wolves of the World Wide Web: Reforming Social Network’s Contracting Practices,” Wake Forest Law Review, Vol. 49 No. 5, Winter 2014 pp. 1431-1517.
- 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, Vol. 65 No. 3, Spring 2013 pp. 427-533.
- Michael Rustad and Thomas Koenig, “Two Worlds of Quickwrap Licensing Collide: Europe versus America,” 2013 Comparative Law Yearbook of International Business, Volume 35, Kluwer, 2013, pp. 225 – 269.
Awards and Honors
- 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.
- Eastern Sociological Society
- American Sociological Association