Thalia González

Thalia Gonzales
Associate Professor, Politics
B.A., Arizona State University; J.D., Northwestern University
Appointed In: 
Johnson Hall 310

Tues/Thurs 12:30-2:30 and by appt

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.

Research and Teaching:

Restorative Justice 
Conflict Resolution 
Norm Theory
Civil Rights
Human Rights  
Juvenile Justice 
Law and Policy  
Education Equity  
Public Interest Legal Practice 
Law and Society 
Truth Commissions 

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. 

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 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. 


Thalia González, The Legalization of Restorative Justice: A 50-State Empirical Analysis (forthcoming in Utah Law Review).

Thalia González & Annalise Buth, Restorative Justice at the Crossroads: Politics, Power, and Language (forthcoming in Contemporary Justice Review)

Thalia González, Alexis Etow & Cesar De La Vega,Health Equity, School Discipline and Restorative Justice (forthcoming in Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics)

Thalia González, Heather Sattler & Annalise Buth, New Directions in Whole-School Restorative Justice Implementation, 35Conflict Res. Q. 1 (2018) 

Thalia González, Youth Incarceration, Health and Length of Stay, 45 Fordham Urb. L.J. 45 (2017).

Thalia González, Root to Rise: Mindful Lawyering for Social Justice, 41 N.Y.U. Rev. L. Soc. Change 91 (2017).

Thalia González, Restorative Justice From the Margins to the Center: The Emergence of a New Norm in School Discipline, 60 How. L.J. 267 (2016).

Thalia González, A Quiet Revolution: Mindfulness, Rebellious Lawyering and Community Practice, 53 Cal. W.L. Rev. 49 (2016).

Thalia González, From Global to Local: Domestic Human Rights Norms in Theory and Practice 59 How. L.J. 501 (2016).

Thalia González, Reorienting Restorative Justice: Initiating a New Dialogue of Rights Consciousness, Community Empowerment and Politicization, 16 Cardozo J. Conflict Resol. 457 (2015).

Thalia González & Giovanni Saarman, Regulating Pollutants, Good Neighbor Agreements, and Negative Externalities: Who Bears the Burden of Protecting Communities? 41 Ecology L.Q. 37 (2014).

Thalia González, Reclaiming the Promise of the Indian Child Welfare Act: A Study of State Incorporation and Adoption of Legal Protections for Indian Status Offenders, 42 N.M. L. Rev. 131 (2012).

Thalia González, Keeping Kids in Schools: Restorative Justice, Punitive Discipline, and the School to Prison Pipeline, 41 J.L. & Educ. 281 (2012).

Thalia González, Restoring Justice: Community Organizing to Transform School Discipline Policies, 15 U.C. Davis J. Juv. L. & Pol’y 2 (2011).

Thalia González, A Model for Economic Empowerment: Minority Business Development and Advocacy Before the California Public Utilities Commission, Los Angeles Pub. Int. L.J. 104 (2010).

Book Chapters, Edited Volumes and Reports.

Rebecca Epstein, Jamilia Blake & Thalia González, Girlhood Interrupted: The Erasure of Black Girls' Childhood (Center on Poverty and Inequality, Georgetown University Law Center, 2017).

Rebecca Epstein & Thalia González, Gender & Trauma-Somatic Interventions for Girls in Juvenile Justice: Implications for Policy and Practice (Center on Poverty and Inequality, Georgetown University Law Center, 2017).

Thalia González & Lauren Eckstrom, From Practice to Praxis: Mindful Lawyering for Social Justice, in Yoga, the Body, and Embodied Social Change: An Intersectional Feminist Analysis (Melanie Klein, Beth Berila & Chelsea Jackson, ed., 2016).

Thalia González, Socializing Schools: Addressing Racial Disparities in Discipline Through Restorative Justice, in Closing the School Discipline Gap: Equitable Remedies for Excessive Exclusion (Daniel J. Losen ed., 2014).

Thalia González & Edwin González-Santin, The Indian Child Welfare Act: A Legal Mandate for Social Justice and Preservation of American Indian/Native Alaskan Heritage, in Social Issues in Contemporary Native America: Reflections from Turtle Island (Hilary N. Weaver ed., 2014).

Thalia González, Protecting the Future of Tribal Communities: Ensuring Compliance with the Indian Welfare Act, in Big Ideas for Children in the Southwest (First Focus ed., 2012).

Thalia González & Benjamin Cairns, Moving Beyond Exclusion: Integrating Restorative Practices and Impacting School Culture in Denver Public Schools, in Justice for Kids: Keeping Kids Out of the Juvenile Justice System (Nancy E. Dowd ed., 2011) 


POLS 140 - Law and Society

POLS 234 - Juvenile Justice

POLS 238 - Human Rights in the United States

POLS 243 - Restorative Justice

POLS 244 - Constitutional Law

POLS 247 - Supreme Court Politics

POLS 260 - Community Law Internship

POLS 340 - Rebellious Lawyering

POLS 341 – Justice Lab: Contemporary Issues in Law and Public Policy

POLS 345 - Constitutional Law II

POLS 346 - Civil Rights and Civil Liberties

POLS 347 - Race and Law