Professor of Law


Thalia González is a Professor of Law and holds a Harry & Lillian Hastings Research Chair. She is a nationally recognized sociolegal scholar whose research and collaborative community partnerships aim to intervene in public systems to challenge the legal, political, social, and economic drivers of racial and gender disparities. As an expert in restorative justice, a core theme in her portfolio of work is the use of empirical evidence to reform laws and policies and elevate new understandings of on-the-ground practices. In recognition of her scholarship, Professor González has been selected as a 2022 – 2024 Restorative Justice Research Community Research Fellow supported by the U.S. Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Assistance and is the recipient of the 2022 National Association of Community and Restorative Justice (NACRJ) Research Award. Professor González also writes and teaches in the areas of race and the law, critical race theory, health justice and the social determinants of health, human rights, norm theory, education law, juvenile justice, and community legal practice.

Professor González’s work has been published or is forthcoming in American Law ReviewWisconsin Law ReviewUtah Law ReviewFordham Urban Law Journal, Michigan Journal of Gender and LawNYU Review of Law & Social Change, Stanford Law Review Online, 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.

Her research has been supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Grantmakers for Girls of Color, Annie E. Casey Foundation, and Atlantic Philanthropies. She is an expert reviewer for federal agencies, national foundations, and numerous high-impact journals and served as a consultant for the National Institute of Justice. Professor González is Co-Chair of the ABA Criminal Justice Section Alternative Dispute Resolution & Restorative Justice Committee and serves on the design and research teams for the San Francisco Truth, Justice & Reconciliation Commission. She currently holds an appointment as a Senior Scholar in the Center on Poverty and Inequality 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 Hastings, Professor González was the Madeline N. McKinnie Professor of Politics at Occidental College and taught at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.

She is an affiliated faculty member with the UC Hastings Center on Racial and Economic Justice, UC Hastings Center on Race, Immigration, Citizenship, and Equality, and Senior Scholar in the UCSF/UC Hastings Consortium on Law, Science & Health Policy.