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Dr. Artika Tyner


  • Education
  • J.D. University of St. Thomas School of Law
    Ed.D. University of St. Thomas School of Education
    M.P.P. University of St. Thomas School of Education
    B.A. Hamline University
    Certifications: Conflict Studies, ADR, Fundraising/Development

Dr. Artika R. Tyner is a passionate educator, author, sought after speaker, and advocate for justice. At the University of St. Thomas School of Law, Dr. Tyner serves as a law professor who is committed to training students to serve as social engineers who create new inroads to justice and freedom.

Tyner received her B.A. from Hamline University (Major: English; Certificate: Conflict Studies). Due to her passion for advocating for social justice and educational policy reform, she decided to pursue graduate studies at the University of St. Thomas. She began her journey with law school since she recognized that the law is a language of power and therefore she sought to become well versed in the law.

Subsequently, Tyner earned a Master of Public Policy and Leadership in order to gain tools for effecting social change through policy reform efforts. Later, inspired by the legacy of W.E.B. Dubois, she obtained a Doctorate in Leadership. Her doctoral studies provided her with key tools for serving in her community and promoting social justice.

Dr. Tyner is committed to empowering others to lead within their respective spheres of influence. She provides leadership development and career coaching for young professionals. She has also developed leadership educational materials for K-12 students, college/graduate students, faith communities and nonprofits. Additionally, Dr. Tyner teaches leadership coursework on ethics, critical reflection, and organizational development. Her research focuses on diversity/inclusion, community development, and civil rights. She has presented her research and conducted leadership training programs both nationally and internationally.

Dr. Tyner leads by example by organizing policy campaigns, fostering restorative justice practices, developing social entrepreneurship initiatives, and promoting assets-based community development. She serves as a global citizen by supporting education, entrepreneurship, and women's leadership initiatives in Africa.

Previous works have focused on leadership development, diversity/inclusion, and civil rights law.


Tyner, A. (2022). THE INCLUSIVE LEADER: TAKING INTENTIONAL ACTION FOR JUSTICE AND EQUITY. Chicago, Illinois: American Bar Association.

Tyner, A. (2019). THE LEADER'S JOURNEY: A GUIDE TO DISCOVERING THE LEADER WITHIN (2nd Edition). Chicago, Illinois: American Bar Association.

Tyner, A. (2014). THE LAWYER AS LEADER: HOW TO PLANT PEOPLE AND GROW JUSTICE. Chicago, Illinois: American Bar Association.


Tyner, A. (2014). Racial & ethnic disparity in the justice system. In Law School Admission Council & American Bar Association (Ed.) Landscape of Diversity: By the Numbers. Chicago, Illinois: American Bar Association.

Tyner, A. (2011) Teaching restorative justice practices. In G. Hess & S. Friedland (Ed.) TECHNIQUES FOR TEACHING LAW II. Durham, North Carolina: Carolina Academic Press.

Tyner. A. (2011). Preparing Law Students to Serve and Lead. In G. Hess & S. Friedland (Ed.) TECHNIQUES FOR TEACHING LAW II. Durham, North Carolina: Carolina Academic Press.


Tyner, A. (2019). SO YOU WANT TO BE A SUPREME COURT JUSTICE (BEING IN GOVERNMENT). Mankato, Minnesota: Capstone Publishing.

Milton, J. & Tyner, A. (2017). JUSTICE MAKES A DIFFERENCE: THE STORY OF MISS FREEDOM FIGHTER, ESQUIRE. St. Paul, Minnesota: Planting People Growing Justice Press.


Tyner, A., Higgins, M., Malisz, D., Peterson, N., & West, S. (2015). Phone calls creating lifelines for prisoners and their families: A retrospective case study on the campaign for prison phone justice in minnesota. TRINITY LAW REVIEW.

Tyner, A. (2014). A long time coming: the case for prison phone justice reform. CLEARINGHOUSE REVIEW.

Tyner, A. (2013). Planting people, growing justice: the three pillars of new social justice lawyering. HASTINGS RACE & POVERTY L.J.

Levy-Pounds, N., Tyner, A., Aba-Onu, F., & Salmen, J. (2010). Evaluation for gang databases in minnesota and recommendations for change. INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY JOURNAL.

Levy-Pounds, N., & Tyner, A. (2009). The principles of ubuntu: using the legal clinical model to train agents of social change. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF CLINICAL LEGAL EDUCATION.