Joined 13 years ago from Urbana, Illinois
I blog primarily for Psychology Today. I may cross-post some blogs, at least in part, but, as of November, 2009, the most complete archive of my writing is my PT blog: Between the Lines.
I am a member of the teaching faculty in the Department of Psychology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where I teach Psychology of Race and Ethnicity, Theories of Psychotherapy, and a graduate course on restorative justice.
Since 2009, I have been learning, facilitating, evaluating, and supporting others in the U.S. in learning about Restorative Circles, a restorative practice developed in Brazil by Dominic Barter and associates. In addition to conflict and restorative practices, I also have a long-standing interest (going back about 20 years) in race and racial dynamics and regularly explore these themes in this space, as well as in contributions to a variety of anthologies on popular culture, ranging from Harry Potter to vampires to superheroes. In addition to Psychology Today, my commentary has also appeared in a many other online publications, including Buzzflash, Jewcy, Colors, Race-Talk, Truthout, Tikkun, Alternet and The Huffington Post, and I have been a guest on a variety of radio programs, including Illinois Public Media and Wisconsin Public Radio.
My academic work includes multiple peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters on topics such as racial identity, undocumented immigration, and restorative justice. I recently co-edited an academic textbook: Toward a Socially Responsible Psychology for a Global Age and, in 2006, co-authored a book on the Russian-Jewish diaspora: Building a diaspora: Russian Jews in Israel, Germany, and the United States.
Born in Kiev, I immigrated with my family to the United States as a child in 1977.
All material on this site published under his byline remains the property of Mikhail Lyubansky, copyright 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015. Permission is granted to repost and distribute, with proper attribution.
7 months ago
This essay will take a deeper look at the racial dynamics woven throughout J.K. Rowling's "Harry Potter" universe.
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