Department of Sociology and the College
Joyce Bell’s work sits at the intersection of race, social movements, and the professions. She has published research on the role of diversity discourse in institutions and is the author of The Black Power Movement and American Social Work (Columbia University Press, 2014). Her current book project, “Black Power Lawyers: Unique and Unorthodox Methods,” examines the impact of the Black Power movement on the history of the National Conference of Black Lawyers.
Her research has appeared in the books Challenging the Status Quo: Diversity, Democracy, and Equality in the 21st Century (Brill, 2018) and Teaching Race and Anti-Racism in Contemporary America: Adding Context to Colorblindness (Springer, 2013), as well as journals including Sociological Focus and the American Sociological Review. She was awarded fellowships from Harvard University’s Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, the National Humanities Center, and the Stanford Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences. She is the 2016 recipient of the Section on Racial and Ethnic Minorities’ Distinguished Early Career Award, given by the American Sociological Association.
Bell holds a PhD in sociology from the University of Minnesota and a BA in Spanish and sociology from the University of St. Thomas. Most recently, she was a faculty member at the University of Minnesota.