Ron Avi Astor

Expert in school violence and bullying across cultures

Richard M. and Ann L. Thor Professor in Urban Social Development, USC School of Social Work
Professor, USC Rossier School of Education


  • terrorism and school violence
  • school safety interventions
  • crisis intervention at school
  • mapping violence in schools
  • school bullying and victimization
  • stereotyping and violence
  • moral reasoning and violence
  • group dynamics
  • bystander effect
  • peer presure
  • children’s understanding of violence and retribution
  • childhood violence in different cultures
  • schools in Israel

Additional Information

  • Co-author, School Violence in Context: Culture, Neighborhood, Family, School, and Gender (Oxford University Press, 2005)
  • Member, National Association of Social Workers; National Association of School Psychologists; American Psychological Association; Council on Social Work Education; American Education Research Association; and Society for Research on Child Development
  • Recipient, Palmer O. Johnson Award, American Education Research Association (2000); National Academy of Education/Spencer Fellowship (1997-1999); Fulbright Senior Scholar Fellowship to Hebrew University, Israel (1997-1998)


  • Hebrew

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