Linda G. Mills
Areas of Expertise
Domestic abuse; trauma and recovery; affective lawyering, law and public policy; student mental health; multifaith programming; film advocacy
Linda G. Mills is Professor of Social Work, Public Policy, and Law, and NYU’s inaugural Lisa Ellen Goldberg Professor and Vice Chancellor and Senior Vice Provost for Global Programs and University Life. She also serves as executive director of NYU’s Center on Violence and Recovery and co-founder of NYU’s Of Many Institute for Multi-faith Leadership and NYU’s Production Lab.
Dr. Mills’ scholarly work challenges current paradigms of domestic abuse and develops a new theory and practice based on empirical research for rethinking how we respond to violence in intimate relationships. She developed the first court-mandated restorative justice program in the U.S. and conducted a study in Nogales, Arizona, comparing a batterer intervention program (BIP) to a treatment called Circles of Peace. The findings from this randomized controlled trial appear in “The Next Generation of Court-Mandated Domestic Violence Treatment,” published in the Journal of Experimental Criminology. This research was funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).
Building on the Nogales NSF research, Dr. Mills was the principal investigator on another NSF study in Salt Lake City, Utah. Dr. Mills replicates and further tested the effectiveness of traditional BIP compared to a hybrid treatment of BIP plus Circles of Peace. To complement this research, the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) awarded Dr. Mills a grant titled “An In-Depth Examination of Batterer Intervention and Alternative Treatment Approaches for Domestic Violence Offenders” to collect and evaluate qualitative data on the experiment currently underway in Salt Lake City. Findings from the first part of the NSF study in Utah were recently published in Nature Human Behaviour, under the title, “A Randomized Controlled Trial of Restorative Justice-Informed Treatment for Domestic Violence Crimes.”
In 2010, Dr. Mills co-directed and co-produced her first feature length documentary called Auf Wiedersehen: 'Til We Meet Again, a film that explores the intergenerational transmission of trauma from the Holocaust to 9/11. The film was an official selection at eight film festivals, including the Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival, the Philadelphia Independent Film Festival, the Jerusalem Jewish Film Festival, and the Vienna Jewish Film Festival. In Los Angeles, the film took an Audience Award, Runner Up for Best Documentary, and was an Opening Night Selection and Best Political Film, Honorable Mention in Philadelphia. Auf Wiedersehen, ‘Til We Meet Again was approved by the Austrian Ministry of Education, Arts, and Culture as a Holocaust remembrance tool for high school students. Dr. Mills’ other prominent film work includes, Of Many, which debuted at Tribeca Film Festival in 2014. This film examines the conflict between Jews and Muslims and an exemplary program at NYU that works to overcome those tensions. Of Many won several prizes, including Audience Awards for Best Short at both Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival and Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival. Of Many also took the prestigious Wilbur Award conferred by the Religion Communicators Council. In addition, Dr. Mills traveled with this short film to Tunisia, through a joint effort between the U.S. State Department’s American Film Showcase and University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts. Of Many: Then and Now, a feature documentary based on similar themes, premiered on ABC to an audience of over 8 million people.
Dr. Mills earned her PhD from Brandeis University, her MSW from San Francisco State University, her JD from the University of California, Hastings College of Law, and her BA from the University of California, Irvine.