Professor Thalia González is a nationally recognized expert in the field of restorative justice. Her primary research field focuses on theories and practices of restorative justice. To investigate questions in this area, Professor González applies a broad range of research methods from legal theory development to empirical analysis. A core theme within her portfolio of work is the examination of how restorative justice operates within law and public systems to remedy disproportionality, structural inequality, and systemic harm. Her secondary research fields include juvenile justice, race, gender, and inequality, public interest legal practice, domestic human rights, and norm theory.
As a scholar and practitioner, Professor González works closely with practitioners, researchers, and policymakers with a specific focus on system change and policy development. She also advises and supports a number of projects and programs using restorative approaches in public and political systems, as well as community-based settings. Her research is regularly utilized by educators, policymakers, county safety councils, think tanks, and bar associations. She currently holds an appointment as a Senior Scholar in the Center on Poverty and Inequality at Georgetown University Law Center where she leads national research on restorative justice.
Professor González is a frequent expert speaker at conferences and public commentator on legal and policy issues. She has been an external reviewer for the Department of Justice, national foundations, and numerous high impact journals. Professor González has also served as an evaluator for the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and consultant for the National Institute of Justice. Presently, she sits on the Advisory Committee for the Restorative Justice Research Institute and the Advisory Board for the Restorative Justice Center at the University of San Diego. Professor González has been a scholar in residence 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.
Professor González has been recognized for her excellence in teaching at Occidental College, including being awarded the Linda and Todd White Teaching Prize, the Loftgordon Teaching Award, and selected as a Mortar Board Last Lecture speaker.