Mikhail Lyubansky Ph.D.

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Program Area: Clinical/Community

Teaching Associate Professor of Psychology

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Mikhail Lyubansky, Ph.D., is a teaching associate professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where he teaches Psychology of Race and Ethnicity and graduate-level courses on restorative justice. His research and writing interests include restorative justice and racial/ethnic group relations. He is a regular contributor to anthologies on popular culture, and is a co-editor of a recently-released volume titled Toward a Socially-Responsible Psychology For a Global Era. In addition to his academic writing, Mikhail writes a blog about justice for Psychology Today called Between the Lines.


  • Race Relations, Restorative Justice

Research Description

My research interests are focused broadly on conflict and restorative approaches to conflict. I am particularly interested in a restorative practice developed in Brazil by Dominic Barter and associates called Restorative Circles. My current work is focused on supporting the development, evaluation, and adoption of this practice in a variety of contexts, including schools, organizations, and the juvenile justice system. A brief summary of Restorative Circles (and restorative principles) is available in this article I wrote for Psychology Today. A more academic discussion of restorative circles and how they can be used to engage racial conflict can be found in this Peace Review article that I co-wrote with RC developer Dominic Barter and in this article about Trayvon Martin. I am currently working on a muliti-year, 6-school evaluation study to help researchers and educators better understand the psychological and community changes produced by restorative systems and practices. As well, I am interested in power dynamics and in restorative approaches to racial conflict.

In regard to racial conflict, I have a long-standing interest (going back about 20 years) in race and racial dynamics, including identity development, group relations.  Before I started to focus on restorative practices, I completed a series of studies with Roy Eidelson and other colleagues examining race group differences in Americans' beliefs about their racial and national identity groups and the extent to which these beliefs explain attitudes and behaviors associated with group conflict. I've also co-written a 2006 book about the Russian-Jewish diaspora and co-edited text on Socially-Responsible Psychology. Although most of my work these days focuses on restorative justice, I do still occasionally research and write about immigration and racial/ethnic identity.


  • Ph.D. Michigan State University (2000)
  • M.A. Michigan State University (1996)
  • B.A. University of Pennsylvania (1992)

Distinctions / Awards

  • Larine Y. Cowan Make a Difference Award for Teaching & Mentoring in Diversity (2017)
  • Psi Chi Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award, 2014-2015
  • Psi Chi Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award, 2010-2011



  • Mustakova-Possardt, Elena, Mikhail Lyubansky, Michael Basseches, and Julie Oxenberg. Toward a Socially Responsible Psychology for a Global Era. New York: Springer, 2014.
  • Ben-Rafael, Eliezer, Mikhail Lyubansky, Olaf Glockner, Paul Harris, Yael Israel, Willie Jasper, and Julius Schoeps. Building a diaspora: Russian Jews in Israel, Germany, and the USA. Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers, 2006.

Book Contributions

  • Dashman, Mika , Kat Culberg, David Dean, Anna Lemler, Mikhail Lyubansky, and Julie Shackford-Bradley. "Bringing a Racial Justice Consciousness to the Restorative Justice Movement: A Call to White Practitioners.." Listening to the Movement. 2018.
  • Lyubansky, Mikhail, and Elaine Shpungin. "The Unacknowledged Power of Power Dynamics in Restorative Justice." The Psychology of Restorative Justice. TBC Publications, 2015.
  • Murray, Harry, Mikhail Lyubansky, Kit Miller, and Lilyana Ortega. "Towards a Psychology of Nonviolence." Toward a Socially Responsible Psychology for a Global Era. . New York: Springer, 2014.
  • Lyubansky, Mikhail, and Carla Hunter. "Toward Racial Justice." Toward a Socially Responsible Psychology for a Global Era. . New York: Springer, 2014.
  • Lyubansky, Mikhail. "Seven Roads to Justice for Superheroes and Humans.." Our Superheroes, Ourselves. Comp. Robin Rosenberg. New York: Oxford Press, 2013.
  • Lyubansky, Mikhail, and Paul Harris. "Orthodox Rabbis, Reform Synagogues, and Christmas Trees: Piecing Together the Identity of Russian-Speaking Jews in the United States.." Sociology of Judaism. Comp. Julius Schoeps. Ed. Olaf Glockner. Potsdam: Moses Mendelssohn Center, 2012.
  • Lyubansky, Mikhail, and Elaine Shpungin. "The Cost of Justice." The Psychology of the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Comp. Shannon O'Neil. Ed. Robin Rosenberg. Dallas: BenBella, 2011.
  • Lyubansky, Mikhail. "The Gestalt of Twilight." The Psychology of Twilight. Ed. Leah Wilson. Dallas, TX: BenBella, 2011.
  • Eidelson, Roy. "Beliefs in Black and White: How race influences Americans' perceptions of themselves, their racial group, and their national group. ." African-American Political Psychology: Identity, Opinion, and Action in the Post-Civil Rights Era. New York: Palgrave McMillan Press, 2010.
  • Lyubansky, Mikhail. "Are the fangs real? Vampires as racial metaphor in the Anita Blake novels." Ardeur: 14 Writers on the Anita Blake, vampire hunter series. . Ed. Laurell K. Hamilton. Dallas, TX: BenBella, 2010.
  • Lyubansky, Mikhail. "How group prejudice forms and other race-related lessons from the Xavier Institute." The psychology of superheroes: An unauthorized exploration. . Ed. Robin Rosenberg. Dallas, TX: BenBella, 2008.
  • Lyubansky, Mikhail, and Elaine Shpungin. "Playing House." House unauthorized: Vasculitis, clinic duty, and bad bedside manner. Ed. Leah Wilson. Dallas, TX: BenBella, 2007.
  • Lyubansky, Mikhail. "A few laps around the non-tenure track." Peacemaker 101: Careers Confronting Conflict.. Ed. Roy Eidelson, J Laske, and L Cherfas. Philadelphia: Solomon Asch Center for Study of Ethnopolitical Conflict, 2007.
  • Lyubansky, Mikhail. "Harry Potter and the word that shall not be named." The psychology of Harry Potter: An unauthorized examination of the boy who lived. Ed. Neil Mulholland . Dallas, TX: BenBella, 2007.
  • Lyubansky, Mikhail. "Buffy’s Search for Meaning." The psychology of Joss Whedon: An unauthorized exploration. Ed. Joy Davidson. Dallas, TX: BenBella, 2007.

Journal Articles

  • Lyubansky, Mikhail . "Peace Profile: Dominic Barter and the Paradox of Conflict." Peace Review 29.4 (2017): 513-520.
  • Ortega, Lilyana, Mikhail Lyubansky, Sondra Nettles, Reed Larson, and Dorothy Espelage. "Outcomes of a restorative circles program in a high school setting." Psychology of Violence (2016):
  • Lyubansky, Mikhail. "Restorative Justice for Trayvon Martin." Journal for Social Action in Counseling and Psychology, 5(1), 59-78. 5.1 (2013): 59-78. <>.
  • Lyubansky, Mikhail, Paul Harris, William Baker, and Cameron Lippard. "The Effects of Immigration Status on Latino Migrants’ Experience of Discrimination, Utilization of Public Services, and Attitudes Toward Acculturation." NorteAmerica 8.special (2013):
  • Lyubansky, Mikhail, and Dominic Barter. "Restorative Approaches to Racial Conflict." Peace Review 23 (2011): 37-44.
  • Shpungin, Elaine, and Mikhail Lyubansky. "Navigating social class roles in community research." American Journal of Community Psychology 37 (2006): 227-235.
  • Lyubansky, Mikhail, and Roy Eidelson. "Revisiting Du Bois: The relationship between African American double consciousness and beliefs about racial and national group experiences." Journal of Black Psychology 31 (2005): 3-26.
  • Lambert, Michael, George T. Rowan, Mikhail Lyubansky, and Chad Russ. "Do problems of clinic-referred African-American children overlap with the child behavior checklist?." Journal of Child and Family Studies 11.3 (2002): 271-285.

Encyclopedia Entries

  • Davis, Fania, Mikhail Lyubansky, and Mara Schiff. "Restoring Racial Justice." Emerging Trends in the Social and Behavioral Sciences. Hoboken: John Wiley and Sons, 2014.
  • Lyubansky, Mikhail. "Stereotypes." The Routledge Companion to Race and Ethnicity. . London: Taylor&Francis/Routledge, 2011.
  • Lyubansky, Mikhail. "Whiteness." The Routledge Companion to Race and Ethnicity. London: Taylor&Francis/Routledge, 2011.
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