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RJRC Research Fellow, 2022-2024
Thaila is a professor of Law at the University of California (UC) Hastings College of Law and holds a Harry & Lillian Hastings Research Chair. 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 UC Hastings Center for Social Justice, and a Senior Scholar in UCSF/UC Hastings Consortium on Law, Science, and Health Policy. Since 2017, she has held an appointment at Georgetown University Law Center in the Center on Poverty & Inequality as a Senior Scholar where she leads the Initiative on Gender Justice and Opportunity’s national research on restorative justice. Previously she held the Madeline N. McKinnie Professor of Politics chair at Occidental College. Thalia is co-chair of the American Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Section Alternative Dispute Resolution & Restorative Justice Committee and a member of the core design and research teams for the San Francisco Truth, Justice & Reconciliation Commission. She currently serves as a co-editor of the North American volume of the International Encyclopedia of Restorative Justice. As an activist scholar, Thalia’s research and collaborative community partnerships seek to intervene in public systems and challenge the legal, political, social, and economic drivers of racial and gender disparities. Growing up with multiple members of her family captured by the criminal legal system, lived experiences guide all aspects of her work—from research to policy advocacy to teaching to service—and underpin a deeply held belief that real change demands that we listen to those most impacted and disrupt pathways that sustain discrimination and subordination. In addition to her work in restorative justice, Thalia is recognized for her interdisciplinary research in the fields of critical race theory, health justice, education law, juvenile justice, and community legal practice.