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Hilary Lustick

Hilary Lustick, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor


Melissa Martinez

ASBS 321



Counseling, Leadership, Adult Education & School Improvement


Education and Community Leadership, School Improvement

Research Interests

School finance equity, Politics of education policy and privatization, Leadership for district and school improvement, College access, Alternative certification

Teaching Areas

Research methods, action research, professional development, school improvement

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Hilary is a native Northeasterner and a graduate of Tufts, Harvard, and New York Universities.  She has served as a professional and volunteer community organizer in Boston and New York, and an English teacher for grades 9-12.  Her dissertation focused on discipline policy reform in urban schools—specifically, the use of restorative justice practices as an alternative to zero tolerance policies.  She is also a poet and avid music fan.


Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from New York University

Selected Publications (book chapters, journal articles, conferences, presentations)

Chapters in Books:

Lustick, H. (In Press).  What are we restoring?  Black teachers speak out on restorative discipline.  In Okilwa, N., Khalifa, M., & Briscoe, F., Eds. The school to prison pipeline:  The role of culture & discipline in school. Bingley, UK: Emerald Group Publishing.

Lustick, H. (Forthcoming). ‘Accountability’ or Hyper-Surveillance?:

Possibilities and Limitations of a Restorative School Discipline Model to Address Anti-LGBT Bullying.  Sociological Studies of Children and Youth.

Journal Articles:

Lustick, H.  (2011).  The impact of a peer mentoring program on academic performance andbehavior of adolescent boys, Teachers Education Network.

Lustick, H.  (2013).  Just restoration vs “It’s just policy”: What will it take to truly reform school discipline?  The Huffington Post.

Lustick, H. First Person, Chalk Beat New York (Blog), January 2011-May    2012,

Lustick, H.  (2013).  “What Kind of Queer Teacher Are You?” in Queer Voices from the Classroom, Information Age Publishing in Education, Management and Psychology: Charlotte, N.C.

Lustick, H. (2008).  The voices of the children left behind.  The Center for Teen Empowerment.

Lustick, H. (2015). Administering discipline differently: a Foucauldian lens on restorative school discipline. International Journal of Leadership in Education.  Published online at:

Lustick, H. (In Press).  Making Discipline Relevant: Toward a Theory of Culturally Responsive Positive Schoolwide Discipline.  Race, Ethnicity and Education.   

Refereed conference proceedings:

Lustick, H. (2016).  What Makes Restorative Practices Successful?  Implications for leadership and policy reform.  To be presented at the American Educational Research Association’s Annual Conference, Washington, DC, April, 2016

Lustick, H. (2015).  ‘What are We Restoring?' Leadership and Restorative Practices in Urban Public Schools. Presented at the University Council for Educational Administration’s Annual Convention, San Diego, CA, November, 2015.

Lustick, H. (2015). A lifeworld of difference: Restorative practices in diverse public schools. Presented at the American Educational Research Association Annual Conference, Chicago, IL.

Lustick, H. (2014). Interpellating perpetrators: School discipline reform and the re-definition of ‘safety’ in schools”, Presented at University Council for Educational Administration, Washington, D.C.

Lustick, H. & Dumas, M. (2014) Not whether, but how: an Analysis of how race is discussedin federal school discipline reform, University Council for Educational Administration, Washington, D.C., November 2014. 

Lustick, H. (2014) A Foucauldian critique of restorative practices”, April 2014, American Educational Research Association, Philadelphia, PA.

Lustick, H. (2013) Justice in the eye of tolerance: Implementing restorative practices in the context of zero tolerance schools, November 2013, University Council for Educational Administrators, Indianapolis, IA, November, 2013.

Lustick, H.  Review of Meyer, E. & Pullen, A., eds. Supporting Transgender and Gender Creative Youth.    Teachers College Record, Date Published: January 24, 2015 ID Number:17832, Date Accessed: 2/26/2015 5:16:04 PM

Lustick, H. Review of Bass, L. & Faircloth, S., eds. (2013). Building bridges from high poverty communities, to schools, to productive citizenship.  Teachers College Record. Available from:


April 2016     Guest Lecturer, Advocacy in Education  New York University, New York, NY

Presented work on Foucauldian analysis of restorative practices and surveillance in schools 

2013- 2014     Guest Lecturer, Lehman College, Bronx, NY

Present Research on Schools to Prison Pipeline and Restorative Practices