Ron Avi Astor holds the Marjory Crump Chair Professorship in Social Welfare at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, with a joint appointment in the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies. His work examines the role of the physical, social-organizational, and cultural contexts in schools related to different kinds of school violence. His studies have included tens of thousands of students, teachers, parents and administrators, and findings from these studies have been published in more than 150 scholarly manuscripts. His most recent books all published by Oxford University Press include 1. Bullying, school violence, and climate in evolving contexts: Culture, organization and time. 2. Mapping and monitoring bullying and violence: Building a safe school climate and 3. Welcoming practices: Creating schools that support students and families in transition. Currently, Astor is creating an international model for sustainable and scalable infrastructures that support safe and welcoming schools. Astor has won numerous national research awards from the Society for Social Work and Research, American Psychological Association (APA), and the American Educational Research Association (AERA). He holds an honorary doctorate from Hebrew Union College, is a fellow of the APA, AERA, and SSWR and is an elected member of both the National Academy of Education and the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare.
His work has been funded by the Department of Defense Educational Activity, National Institutes of Mental Health, H.F. Guggenheim Foundation, National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation, William T. Grant Foundation, Israeli Ministry of Education, two Fulbright Senior Scholar Fellowships, University of Michigan, USC and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and other foundations.
National Academy of Education Elected Member, American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare Elected Member, Fellow American Psychological Association, Fellow American Educational Research Association, Fellow Society for Social Work Research