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Thalia González

Professor of Law and Harry & Lillian Hastings Research Chair, Co-Director of the Center for Racial and Economic Justice


Thalia González is a Professor of Law and holds a Harry & Lillian Hastings Research Chair. Professor González is faculty co-director of the Center for Racial and Economic Justice and writes extensively in the fields of restorative justice, education law, race and the law, critical race theory, health justice and public health, human rights, juvenile justice, and social justice lawyering. She is a nationally recognized scholar whose applied research and collaborative community partnerships aims to disrupt legal, political, social, and economic drivers of racial and gender disparities in public systems.

In recognition of her long-term research contributions in the field of restorative justice, Professor González is the recipient of the 2022 National Association of Community and Restorative Justice (NACRJ) Research Award. She has received grant funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Grantmakers for Girls of Color, Annie E. Casey Foundation, and Atlantic Philanthropies for her scholarship and is an expert reviewer for federal agencies, national foundations, and numerous high-impact journals as well served as a consultant for the National Institute of Justice. Professor González’s work has been published or is forthcoming in Boston College Law Review,American Law ReviewWisconsin Law ReviewUtah Law ReviewJournal of Criminal Law & CriminologyFordham Urban Law JournalMichigan Journal of Gender and LawNYU Review of Law & Social Change, Stanford Law Review Online, UCLA Law Review Discourse, Contemporary Justice Review, and Journal of Law Medicine & Ethics. In addition to leading academic journals, her work appears in The Washington Post, The Atlantic, and The New York Times and she cited extensively in the field. She is a co-author of Girlhood Interrupted: The Erasure of Black Girls’ Childhood, the groundbreaking study of the adultification of Black girls.

Professor González is Co-Chair, ABA Criminal Justice Section, Alternative Dispute Resolution & Restorative Justice Committee, Vice Chair, Board of Directors, Public Health Advocates, and a member of the Board of Directors, National Association of Community and Restorative Justice. Professor González is a Senior Scholar in the UCSF/UC Law SF Consortium on Law, Science & Health Policy and affiliated faculty member with the Center on Race, Immigration, Citizenship, and Equality, and Center for Social Justice. Since 2017, she has held an appointment as a Senior Scholar in the Center on Gender Justice and Opportunity at Georgetown University Law Center and was previously a scholar in residence at Berkeley Law and UCLA School of Law. Prior to joining the faculty at UC Law SF, Professor González was the Madeline N. McKinnie Professor of Politics at Occidental College and taught at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.