Professor Bell Named Chair-Elect of ASA Sociology of Law Section

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Professor of Law and Associate Professor of Sociology Monica C. Bell ’09 was elected Chair-Elect (and 2024–25 Chair) of the American Sociological Association (ASA)’s Sociology of Law section. As a volunteer member of the ASA’s elected governing body, Bell will serve a three-year term beginning in 2023. In addition to this position, she was also elected as a member of the 2023–24 Nominating Committee for the ASA. 

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Professor of Law and Associate Professor of Sociology Monica C. Bell ’09

Bell holds a J.D. from Yale Law School and a Ph.D. in sociology and social policy from Harvard University. Working at the intersection of both areas of study, she uses sociological theory and research to explore legal questions regarding race and class inequality, specifically as they apply to policing, violence, safety and security, welfare and public benefits, housing, and residential segregation. 

Founded in 1905 as the national scholarly society for sociologists, the ASA seeks to advance the study and practice of sociology through a wide range of programmatic activity. According to ASA’s Bylaws, "the purpose of the section of Sociology of Law is to encourage and enhance research, teaching, and other professional concerns in the study of law and society. The section seeks to promote communication, collaboration, and consultation among scholars in the field of the sociology of law."