Sarah Roth Shank

Institutionalising Restorative Justice? Gains, losses, and New Zealand's current criminal justice system

Sarah Roth Shank, PhD student
Sarah Roth Shank, PhD student in Restorative Justice



Supervisors: Professor Chris Marshall and Dr Tom Noakes-Duncan


Sarah Roth Shank is originally from Harrisonburg, Virginia, USA, and holds a Masters in Conflict Transformation with a concentration in Restorative Justice from the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University. She has previously worked in the US Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Virginia and was most recently the Director for Admissions at the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding. She is also a trained victim outreach liaison having worked in Defense Victim Outreach in the state of Virginia. She has facilitated circle processes for university student life and is continuing that work at Victoria University of Wellington through Aspen Restorative Consulting.


Masters in Conflict Transformation, Center for Justice and Peacebuilding, Eastern Mennonite University, Virginia
Bachelors in History, Eastern Mennonite University, Virginia

Research interests

The applications of restorative justice at the intersection of the public and private sectors; application of restorative justice in secular and religious sectors; the growth of restorative justice as a social movement and efficacy in the development of the field.


Two Strands of Restorative Justice: Exploring Growth of Formal Systems and Community EngagementACResolution, p. 12, March 2017.