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IU Maurer School of Law professor Jeannine Bell named editor of Law and Society Review

Aug. 20, 2015


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- An Indiana University Maurer School of Law professor has been appointed editor of the prestigious Law and Society Review, a publication of the Law and Society Association.

Jeannine Bell, the Richard S. Melvin Professor of Law, is a longtime member of the association and has previously served as an associate editor of the journal and as treasurer and a trustee of the Law and Society Association. She has also served as a member of the American Political Science Association's Presidential Taskforce on Political Violence and Terrorism. Her appointment is effective from 2017 to 2019.

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

A nationally recognized scholar in the areas of policing and hate crime, Bell has written extensively on hate crime and criminal justice issues. Her first book, "Policing Hatred: Law Enforcement, Civil Rights, and Hate Crime," is an ethnography of a police hate-crime unit. Her book "Police and Policing Law" is an edited collection that explores law and society scholarship on the police. Bell's research is broadly interdisciplinary.

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

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

"Indiana University Bloomington has long been a welcoming place for leading Law and Society scholars, with the law school committed to interdisciplinary collaboration and multidisciplinary research methods," Parrish said. "A significant number of IU faculty study law and legal institutions using insights from social science disciplines; the law school houses the Center for Law, Society and Culture, as well as the Center on the Global Legal Profession; many of the school’s Jerome Hall Postdoctoral Fellows have secured teaching jobs in the social and human sciences; and the law school offers a unique law and social science Ph.D. Bell’s appointment is also just 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 was founded in 1966 and is regarded by socio-legal scholars in the United States and other countries as the leading journal in the field. In addition to Bell, Margot Young of University of British Columbia’s Law School and Virginia Tech’s Susan Sterett have also been appointed editors of the Review.