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Law and Society Association appoints Maurer Law Professor


By Bailey Moser

Maurer School of Law professor Jeannine Bell has been chosen as an editor of the prestigious Law and Society Review, according to an IU press release. The Law and Society Association has appointed her as an editor from 2017 to 2019.

Bell has been an associate editor for the Review in the past, according to the Law and Society Association’s website. She is the Richard S. Melvin Professor of Law in the Maurer School of Law, and she joined IU’s faculty in 1999. Bell received a doctorate in political science in 2000, a Juris Doctorate from the University of Michigan in 1999 and her Bachelor of Arts cum laude from Harvard College in 1991, according to the law school’s website.

The Law and Society Review is a publication of the Law and Society Association, which is an interdisciplinary scholarly organization committed to social scientific, interpretive and historical analyses of law across multiple social contexts, according to their website.

Bell is a longtime member of the Law and Society Association. In addition to serving of associate editor of the journal, she has previously served as a treasurer and a trustee of the Law and Society Association, according to the release.

Bell has also served as a member of the American Political Science Association’s Presidential Taskforce on political violence and terrorism.

“The Law and Society Review has made an exceptional choice in appointing Jeannine Bell as editor,” said Austen L. Parrish, dean of Maurer School of Law and a James H. Rudy Professor of Law. “Jeannine is a tremendous scholar and teacher, and we are all proud of her appointment.”

As a scholar of law in policing and hate crime, Bell has written extensively on hate crime and criminal justice issues, according to the release.

“Policing Hatred: Law Enforcement, Civil Rights, and Hate Crime” was her first book, and it is an ethnography of a police hate-crime unit, according to the release. Bell is also the author of “Police and Policing Law,” which explores law and society scholarship on the police.

“As a longtime member of the Law and Society Association, socio-legal research is the cornerstone of my scholarship,” Bell said. “I am so pleased to have been given this opportunity to play a role in shaping the field.”

Bell’s most recent book, “Hate Thy Neighbor: Move-in Violence and the Persistence of Racial Segregation in American Housing” is on race and housing issues. Her scholarship has appeared in many leading law and interdisciplinary journals across the country, according to the release.

Bell’s appointment is the latest in a series of strong connections between the law school, the flagship Law and Society Review, and the Law and Society Association.”

The Law and Society Review is regarded in countries around the world by socio-legal scholars as the leading journal in the field.

Bell will work as editor of the Review alongside Margot Young of University of British Columbia’s law school and Virginia Tech’s Susan Sterett, who were also selected for the position.

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