Martha Brown, PhD, graduated with her doctorate in education/curriculum and instruction from Florida Atlantic University in 2015. Early in her master’s program at FAU, her life changed when she was introduced to restorative justice training. As she continued to study prison re-entry, restorative and community justice, and criminal justice reform, she began to connect these concepts to education. Her master’s program culminated in a substantial independent study of the state of restorative justice in the U.S., ultimately making a case for why it needed to form part of teacher education.
As a doctoral student, Martha contributed a chapter on restorative pedagogy to the Handbook of Research on Education and Technology in a Changing Society. She has also co-authored a chapter with Dr. Kathy Evans aimed at school leaders for The Diversity, Equity, and Social Justice Handbook for Practicing Educators: Leadership, to be published in spring 2017.
In 2018, Martha's book, Creating Restorative Schools: Setting Schools Up to Succeed, was published by Living Justice Press.
Although research is her passion and specialty, Martha also loves teaching others about restorative justice. She is dedicated to building community and creating a dynamic, fun and engaging experience in the online environment, just as she does in face-to-face courses.
In addition to being an instructor for SFU's online Restorative Justice Certificate program, Martha is an adjunct professor at Florida Atlantic University. She is also president of RJAE Consulting, Intl., and provides strategic planning, consulting and evaluation services primarily to organizations working in restorative justice and art education.