Professor of Law


Thalia González is a Professor of Law and holds a Harry & Lillian Hastings Research Chair. Professor González writes and teaches in the areas of restorative justice, race and the law, critical race theory, health justice and public health, education law and policy, human rights, norm theory, juvenile justice, and community legal practice. She is a nationally recognized sociolegal scholar whose applied 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.

In recognition of her research, 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’s 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’s work has been published or is forthcoming in American Law ReviewWisconsin Law ReviewUtah Law ReviewJournal of Criminal Law & Criminology, Fordham 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 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 is a Senior Scholar in the UCSF/UC Law SF Consortium on Law, Science & Health Policy and affiliated faculty member with the Center on Racial and Economic Justice, Center on Race, Immigration, Citizenship, and Equality, and Center for Social Justice. She also 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 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.