Professor Thalia Gonzalez
Professor Thalia González is a nationally recognized expert in the field of restorative justice with more than decade of experience in law, policy, and practice. Her research and teaching pays particular attention to equity with regard to race and gender. She currently holds an appointment as a Senior Visiting Scholar in the Center on Poverty and Inequality at Georgetown University Law Center where she leads the Center’s national research on restorative justice policy and practices.
As a scholar and practitioner, Professor González has a specific focus on system change and policy development. She advises and supports a number of projects and programs using restorative approaches in public systems and community-based settings. Her research on restorative justice, race and inequality, and the school-to-prison pipeline is regularly utilized by educators, policymakers, county safety councils, think tanks, and bar associations. Professor González is a frequent expert speaker at conferences and public commentator on legal and policy issues. Her publication, Restorative Justice From the Margins to the Center, is the first article to trace the emergence of school-based restorative justice in the United States and its subsequent cascade and institutionalization as a new discipline norm.
Professor González has been recognized for her excellence in teaching, including being awarded the Linda and Todd White Teaching Prize, the Loftgordon Teaching Award and selected as a Mortar Board Last Lecture speaker. She was a member of the Research to Practice Collaborative of the Civil Rights Project at UCLA and has worked as a consultant for the National Institute of Justice. She has been a Visiting Scholar at Berkeley Law, UCLA School of Law, and Georgetown University Law Center. Prior to joining the faculty at Occidental College she was a practicing attorney and held appointments at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law and Arizona State University.