Matthew Tokson portrait
  • Professor, College Of Law
  • Professor, College Of Law - Dean


  • J.D., High Honors, Law School, The University of Chicago
  • A.B., cum laude, Major in Government, Dartmouth College


Professor Tokson's primary research focus is the Fourth Amendment and its application to new technologies and social contexts. He has also written about broader theoretical issues in privacy, artificial intelligence, judicial decisionmaking, and criminal punishment, and he is currently co-leading an interdisciplinary group studying the psychological effects of incarceration. Professor Tokson's recent articles have been published or are forthcoming in the Harvard Law Review, the University of Chicago Law Review (twice), the Michigan Law Review, the Northwestern University Law Review, the Cornell Law Review, the Georgetown Law Journal, and the Minnesota Law Review. His article Knowledge and Fourth Amendment Privacy was discussed at oral argument in the Supreme Court case Carpenter v. United States
Professor Tokson graduated cum laude from Dartmouth College and with high honors from the University of Chicago Law School, where he was the Executive Articles Editor of the Law Review. He served as a law clerk to the Honorable Ruth Bader Ginsburg and to the Honorable David H. Souter of the United States Supreme Court. Professor Tokson has also served as a fellow at the University of Chicago and as a senior litigation associate in the criminal investigations group of WilmerHale, in Washington, D.C.