Rhonda Magee is a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law (JD) and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (MA, Sociology). She is a full Professor of Law at the University of San Francisco, a teacher of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction-based Interventions, and a student of Buddhism and other contemplative modalities, with a long-standing daily mindfulness and gratitude practice. She is a facilitator of mindful and compassionate communication. A Fellow of the Mind and Life Institute, she works with faculty in law and other disciplines who seek to develop contemplative pedagogy in support of effective learning, with a particular emphasis on teaching and learning for social justice. Her teaching and writing are inspired by commitments to compassionate problem-solving and presence-based leadership in a diverse world, and to humanizing education. She sees mindfulness and compassion practices as keys to personal, interpersonal and collective transformation.

This profile was last updated on January 1, 2018

Mind & Life Connections


Think Tanks

Critical Neuroscience and the Politics of Mindfulness Interventions for Youth: A Proposal for an Interdisciplinary Working Group

Suparna Choudhury, William Wannynn, Elena Hailwood, Steven Stanley, Jennifer Thomson, Rhonda Magee, Elizabeth Gagen, David Forbes, Kristina Eichel, Ana Gomez-Carillo, Joshua Moses, Rachel Lilley, Funie Hsu, Paul Howard Jones, Barbara Ibinarriago Soltero, Anne Harrington, Jamie Kucinskas

Topics: Brain & Cognitive Science | Education | Mindfulness | Self & Other | Social Change


2018 International Symposium for Contemplative Research Session

Master Lectures: Social Justice Panel: “From Awareness to Embodied Change: A Conversation Toward Contemplative Justice”

Moderators: Dominique A. Malebranche
Panel: Helen Weng, Oliver Hill, Rhonda Magee, Dominique A. Malebranche

Topics: Contemplative Wisdom | Self & Other | Social Change



Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives at Mind & Life

Mind and Life Institute • October 25, 2017

Topics: Interconnection | Social Change

Think Tanks

Socially-Engaged Mindfulness Interventions (SEMI) and the Promise of Making Refuge

David Loy, Edwin Ng, Zack Walsh, Jack Petranker, Bhikkhu Bodhi, Mushim Patricia Ikeda, Katie Loncke, Rhonda Magee, Sharon Suh, Beth Berila, Tom Yarnall, Charles Strain

Topics: Contemplative Wisdom | Interconnection | Mindfulness | Social Change

2017 Summer Research Institute Session

Interdisciplinary Panel Human Relations: From Implicit Biases to Compassion for Strangers

Moderators: Rhonda Magee
Panel: Jim Coan, Hanne De Jaegher, Nilanjana (Buju) Dasgupta, Rhonda Magee

Topics: Interconnection | Mental Health

2017 Summer Research Institute Session

Plenary Workshop What Roles Do Inclusivity and Social Justice Play in Contemplative Science?

Peter Grossenbacher, Rhonda Magee

Topics: Social Change


Mind & Life Videos

ISCS 2016 – Keynote – Rhonda Magee

Mind and Life Institute • November 12, 2016

Topics: Compassion & Empathy | Education | Mindfulness | Self & Other | Social Change


Mind & Life Videos

Mindfulness and Racial Bias: Straight Talk with Rhonda Magee JD

Mind and Life Institute • December 8, 2015

Topics: Mindfulness | Social Change


2014 International Symposium for Contemplative Studies Session

Pre-Conference Workshop – Teaching for Radical Transformation

Rhonda Magee, Maria Pacheco

Topics: Education | Mindfulness | Social Change