Next Law & Society Review Editors Appointed

The Law and Society Association is pleased to announce our new Law & Society Review Journal editors for 2017 - 2019.


Jeannine Bell
Indiana University

A nationally-recognized scholar in the area 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 (New York University Press 2002) is an ethnography of a police hate crime unit. Her book titled Police and Policing Law (Ashgate 2006) is an edited collection that explores law and society scholarship on the police. Her newest book is Hate Thy Neighbor: Move-in Violence and the Persistence of Racial Segregation in American Housing (NYU Press, 2013).

Bell's research is broadly interdisciplinary, touching on both political science and law. In that regard, she has written in the area of qualitative methodology and she is co-author of Gaining Access: A Practical and Theoretical Guide for Qualitative Researchers (AltaMira Press 2003). Her scholarship has appeared in the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review, Rutgers Race & the Law Review, Punishment and Society, and the Michigan Journal of Race and Law. An associate editor of the Law and Society Review, Bell has served a trustee of the Law and Society Association and as a member of the American Political Association's Presidential Taskforce on Political Violence and Terrorism. She was appointed Richard S. Melvin Professor of Law in 2015.


Susan Sterett
School of Public Policy, UMBC


Susan Sterett is a professor in School of Public Policy, UMBC. She is the editor of the collection Sociolegal Studies and Disaster, published as part of a series with the Onati International Institute for the Sociology of Law. Her focus has been on legal mobilization and the politics of legal accountability in social welfare claims. Her first book, Creating Constitutionalism? (University of Michigan Press, 1997) concerned the development of rights politics in Europe as a case in the politics of constitutional change. Her second book, Public Pensions: gender and civic service in the states, 1850s-1937 (Cornell University Press, 2003), analyzed the judicial politics of worthiness in contests over public payments for soldiers, firefighters other public servants and mothers. She has also published articles in journals including Law and Social Inquiry, Comparative Political Studies, Studies in Law Politics and Society, and Studies in American Political Development. She has also published several articles on legal engagements by displaced people after disaster, including in the journals Law and Policy and Natural Hazards Review.

Dr. Sterett has more than 20 years of academic service at SUNY Binghamton, University of Denver, and Virginia Tech. Dr. Sterett served as a program officer for Law and Social Sciences at the National Science Foundation between 2011 and 2014. While Associate Dean of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at University of Denver, Dr. Sterett was responsible for leading strategic planning concerning faculty governance and faculty success. She also led a team to revise promotion and tenure guidelines. As a faculty member, she facilitated students’ service learning in the Denver Public Schools. She worked with a team to develop a major in sociolegal studies in the University of Denver’s Women’s College as well as within Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. Dr. Sterett has been a Fulbright Scholar at Tongji University in Shanghai and at the China University of Political Science and Law in Beijing. She has also been a visiting scholar at Griffith University in Australia. She has served on the editorial boards of the journals Law and Social Inquiry and Law and Society Review, and served as a trustee of the Law and Society Association.


Margot Young
University of British Columbia

Margot Young is Professor in the Allard School of Law at the University of British Columbia. After studying at the University of British Columbia, the University of Toronto, and the University of California, Berkeley, Professor Young began her teaching career at the Faculty of Law at the University of Victoria.  In 1992, she moved to the University of British Columbia.

Professor Young teaches in the areas of constitutional and social justice law.  She is faculty advisor for the Social Justice Specialization at the law school and has organized the Law and Society Speakers Series for close to a decade.  Professor Young is in her third term as Chair of the university-wide Faculty Association Status of Women Committee.  She is a research associate with Green College, the Peter Wall Institute of Advanced Studies, and the Centre for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice at UBC. 

Professor Young’s research interests focus on equality law and theory, women’s economic equality, urban theory, and local housing politics and rights.  She is also working on the intersections between environmental justice, social justice, feminism, and human rights.  Professor Young was co-editor of the collection Poverty: Rights, Social Citizenship and Legal Activism and was recently co-Principal Investigator of the Housing Justice Project (  She is widely published in a variety of journals and edited books.

Professor Young is a member of the editorial boards of the Canadian Journal of Women and Law, the Review of Constitutional Studies, Studies in Housing Law and is on the advisory board of the Windsor Yearbook of Access to Justice. In 2016, she will be assuming co-editorship of the Law and Society Review.

Professor Young is active in a variety of professional and community organizations.  She sits on the boards for Justice for Girls, the David Suzuki Foundation, and the International Centre for Criminal Law Reform and Criminal Justice.  She is Research Associate with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives-BC Office.  Professor Young actively works with provincial and national women’s equality groups during United Nation committees’ periodic reviews of Canada’s human rights record, travelling as an NGO representative to these meetings in New York and Geneva.  More specifically, she works with the BC CEDAW Group and the Feminist Alliance for International Action.

Professor Young is a frequent commentator in the media on a variety of issues to do with social justice and socio-economic rights issues.  Interviews include local, national, and international print, television, and radio coverage of key constitutional, equality, and civil liberties issues.


Jennifer Balint
University of Melbourne

Book Review Editor

Jennifer Balint is Senior Lecturer in Socio-Legal Studies in the Discipline of Criminology, School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne, Australia. Her work considers the constitutive role of law, with a focus on genocide and state crime. She is a co-researcher on the Minutes of Evidence Project, a collaboration between Indigenous and non-Indigenous researchers, education experts, performance artists, community members and government and community organizations to promote new modes of publicly engaging with historical and structural injustice and develop a new conceptual field around structural justice. Her book, Genocide, State Crime and the Law: In the Name of the State, a comparative and socio-legal analysis that critically explores the use and role of law in the perpetration, redress and prevention of mass harm by the state was published by GlassHouse/Routledge in 2012.

She is currently a visiting fellow at the International State Crime Initiative at Queen Mary University of London, and has been a visiting fellow at the Centre for International and Public Law at the Australian National University, an invited scholar to the University of Leuven, was the representative for Oceania for the establishment of the International Criminal Bar, and sat on the Board of Management of Fitzroy Legal Service.