I am a teaching associate professor in the department
of psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
This website is designed to support my teaching, archive my writing,
and serve as a resource for those who share my personal and
professional interests in race relations and restorative justice.
Since 2009, I've been learning, facilitating, teaching, and writing about Restorative Circles (RC), a restorative practice developed in Brazil by Dominic Barter and his associates. Together with Elaine Shpungin,
I share this and other restorative practices with schools, agencies,
and organizations, both locally and in other parts of the
country through Conflict180. Most years, I also teach a graduate-level restorative justice practicum. This course staffs the Conflict Clinic
at the Psychological Services Center, which provides training
opportunities for students and services for university units and the
local community. Please click on the "research" tab on left to learn
more about my work with RC.
In addition to the RJ practicum, I also teach Psychology of Race and Ethnicity (for which I am currently writing a textbook) and Theories of Psychotherapy.
Book chapters and chapter-length essays about race and justice in
popular culture ranging from Harry Potter to superheroes can be found
in "Pop Writing". Shorter essays on restorative practices and racial
dynamics are in my Psychology Today blog, [Between
Contact me: firstname.lastname@example.org Mikhail Lyubansky, Ph.D.