Ron Avi Astor: Fulbright Scholar Will Study School Safety in Israel

Marjorie Crump Endowed Professor of Social Welfare at UCLA Luskin brings his expertise in behavioral health in schools to GSE&IS.

Ron Avi Astor, the Marjorie Crump Endowed Professor of Social Welfare at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, will study the successful, systemic approach to addressing school safety issues in Israel. An internationally recognized expert on school safety and violence, Professor Astor joined the UCLA Graduate School of Education & Information Studies as a professor of education on Jan. 1, 2020.

As a Fulbright Senior Scholar, Astor will conduct research at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem for his project, “Addressing School Safety at the National Scale, for Each School, and Sustained Over Time: A Two-Decade Historical and Empirical Case Study on the Israeli System of School Safety.” His four-month study tour will begin in March.

Most recently, Professor Astor served as the Stein-Wood Professor of School Behavioral Health at USC in the Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work and the Rossier School of Education.  His research focuses on the role of physical, social-organizational and cultural contexts related to violence in schools in California and the United States, as well as around the globe. He has studied school safety in California, Michigan, Kosovo, Cameroon, Israel, Chile, Taiwan and China. 

Astor’s expertise includes school safety, sexual harassment, bullying and victimization, as well as fighting in school, suicidal behaviors in schools, weapons use, school shootings, social and emotional education, school social work and military social work. His research focuses on ways to create welcoming environments, using the voices of students, faculty, administrators and parents to improve school and district climates.

Prior to his career at USC, Astor held a joint appointment at the University of Michigan’s School of Education and School of Social Work. He is a fellow of the American Psychological Association, the American Educational Research Association (AERA) and the Society for Social Work Research. Professor Astor is also a member of the prestigious American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare, and the National Academy of Education.

Astor’s most recent books are “Bullying, School Violence, and Climate in Evolving Contexts: Culture, Organization, and Time” (With Rami Benbenisthty, 2019); “Mapping and Monitoring Bullying and Violence: Building a Safe School Climate” (With Rami Benbenisthty, 2018); and “Welcoming Practices: Creating Schools That Support Students and Families in Transition” (With Linda Jacobson, Stephanie L. Wrabel, Rami Benbenishty, and Diana Pineda, 2018), all published by Oxford University Press.

For an interview with Professor Astor by John Rogers, director of UCLA’s Institute for Democracy, Education, and Access (IDEA), visit this link.